I was recently thinking about sharing goodness this week. A member of the quorum of the 12 apostles in our church, Elder David A. Bednar, gave a talk on social media. He shared his feelings about what is out there, and what we can do to make a difference.
Now, if you aren’t Mormon, stick around, there is a message here for all of us. As a blogger, and knowing many other bloggers, I know that we like to think we can make a difference. That is part of the reason we blog.
I like to think that in this huge ocean of information, that maybe there will be one drop from this blog that will touch someone, help someone, or connect with someone. That is one of the reasons that compels me, even when I get discouraged.
As I listened to Elder Bednar’s talk, I realized something has happened to me. I don’t watch the news anymore, at least not very often. I don’t like the negative spin that I get when I watch too much. But, I am spending much more time on social media. It is the new wave of information. So, the question occurred to me:
What is my social media diet?
What am I consuming?
What am I sharing?
As I thought about that, I started thinking about my interactions with friends, family, church members, and bloggers on social media. Am I an example of goodness? Do I share good things?
I know I am imperfect, so don’t go searching through my social media to present me with my foibles. I know I have them.
So I am hoping to go forward with better purpose from here.
Several months ago, I had a friend share with me that she had to “take a break” from social media. It was becoming too hard for her, as she noted that she kept comparing herself to everyone else and ended up feeling bad about herself.
It used to be that we had Christmas letters that would do that. You know what I am talking about — those once a year letters you got from those perfect families with the perfect picture and the news that all of their children were valedictorians, their toddler was already doing calculus, and nobody had any problems.
Now we have Facebook.
Updates of perfection.
But, the truth is that it isn’t perfect. I am not. My family is not. None of us are.
So, what if we could change it? What if we could uplift and become positive bearers of truth on social media?
I think this is truly what sharing goodness is about. It isn’t about being condescending or preachy. I think it is about consuming and sharing good things. Uplifting things. Appropriately funny things. Things that lift your spirit. Things that lift another. Family oriented things. There are so many negative things out there, we can fight this battle with goodness.
Fear not: for they that be with us are more than they that be with them.
(2 Kings 6:16)
In an effort to share goodness, I love this video:
I pray when I feel alone. I pray when I feel grateful. I pray when I need a little something more to get me through the day. I need as much help as I can get!
I have a new friend who is great at sharing goodness. Camille, one of my new blogging friends, is always sharing uplifting and positive quotes, messages about the LDS church, and uplifting social media. Take a minute to go check out her site, Chicken Scratch n Sniff.
And, take a minute today to #sharegoodness.
What is something good in your life that you want to share? Let me know below, and then go and share it on social media. Come on. Try it.
If you are interested in listening to Elder David A. Bednar’s talk, you can access it here.
If you are interested in learning more about the #sharegoodness movement, you can read about it here.