Have you ever responded to someone on Facebook and then asked yourself this question? Have you ever unfriended someone because of something they said or did on Facebook or another form of social media? So, what if I am wrong?
This past week has had me asking these questions. The problem is I honestly don’t know. I am positive that others misjudge me sometimes based on things I’ve said or done on social media including posts on this blog. I know I have even been misjudged based on my novel. Therefore, isn’t it equally possible for me to jump to similar conclusions about others?
Of course it is. Facebook has never been my favorite for just this reason. Twitter is more my style. Somehow for me anyway, it is harder to get in trouble in those 140 characters. Maybe it is because few words make for fewer mistakes. I’m not sure.
I fully understand how young people can get into trouble on Facebook. Facebook seems to thrive on controversy more than any other social media. It is almost encouraged. Then add in the fact that unlike face to face interactions, we have no way of perceiving the person’s emotions or intention.
To any and all I have misjudged or who have misjudged me, I extend the olive branch of forgiveness.
The television show Revenge is hugely popular and I admit I have a guilty secret. I like it too. Still, I want people to understand that in real life, words and actions really do cause harm and this will never be undone by revenge.
Instead anger will consume you. That is why I joined Bloggers for Peace to help me overcome my anger and to continue working towards true forgiveness. Click on the link to find out about this month’s challenge and click on B4Peace to learn more about Bloggers for Peace.
I have written so many posts about teaching kindness and to educate others to help them avoid being hurt.
Please teach your children well and if you need help doing this please read the post I wrote for Special_Ism.com on the topic. You might also share the wise words of Frederick Buechner if you have an older child. I believe that if we all join together we truly can change the world to a more peaceful place for all.
Of the seven deadly sins, anger is possibly the most fun.
To lick you wounds, to smack your lips over grievances long past,
To roll over your tongue the prospect of bitter confrontations still to come,
To savor to the last toothsome morsel both the pain you are given and the pain you are giving back …
In many ways it is a feast fit for a king.
The chief drawback is what you are wolfing down is yourself.
The skeleton at the feast is you.
——— Frederick Buechner
Do you see the skeleton and the other faces in the clouds? You might need to click on the picture to enlarge it. Hint: The skeleton on the left, near the middle of the page.
Yes, I already did my Bloggers for Peace this month, but then I saw Pam Tanzey’s post about Everyday Gurus’ Peace Challenge and I had to join. Click on all three links to learn more and please share mine and theirs. You can also go to Kozo and Cheri’s site to see more bloggers for peace posts.
Read We Can Make a Difference–Right Here, Right Now for detailed instructions about how to join and read Musings: On Peace…. from Mirth and Motivation for an example of what to write if you choose to write instead of sharing photos. Then go to Kozo and Cheri’s site to see more bloggers for peace posts.
Here’s my post for peace: