Inspiration vs. Exasperation

I’ve had a realization in the past couple of hours. As happens, it was after a post wherein I questioned the direction of my feed, and how it’s no longer something I look forward to reading. Facebook, overall, is losing me.

The time I spend with Facebook today is very different from what it was just a few months ago. It’s mostly time looking at and reading stories from the groups I subscribe to. Oculus Quest has my attention today, my neighborhood, and similar groups too.

The reason I’ve made that change is that it’s really easy to get sucked in to the endless vortex of distraction. That’s been trending toward negative news, still, even as Facebook tweaks its algorithms.

It comes down to a few things. Who you follow, what their core beliefs are, and how often they tend to post about the things they’re passionate about. I have an incredibly diverse set of friends on the network, so my feed is filled with a delightfully cacophonous pool of noise – and those things can go decidedly against my core beliefs.

But I do have control, and so do you. I can view these networks (Twitter and LinkedIn included) as places to generally avoid, or I can infect them with the very ideals I hold true.

I can be that positivity you see in your feed. I can be the person that shares inspiration – not in the “success porn” most people share, but in items of true inspiration. I can share the things that I’m passionate about and that may motivate you to do something different (if you need that permission).

So here I am… sharing positivity. Hopefully we can help offset some of the craziness that’s been permeating my life through social media. It comes down to this… be the change. And no, it’s not lost on me that the video I’m sharing below will also go against the beliefs of many in my feed.

Here’s something I found today that truly inspired me. It’s Hamdi Ulakaya, of Chobani Yogurt and his thoughts on the anti-CEO. So much respect for this man and his idealism. He’s actually doing it where I find so many simply talking about it.

Header image attribution:

“A Conversation between Jim Yong Kim and Hamdi Ulukaya”by World Bank Photo Collection is licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

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