Power

I've learned that you can tell a lot about a person by the way they handle these three things - Maya Angelou

Guys, the entire world is
one big f-ed up ball of
tangled Christmas lights.

I have muted or flat-out unfollowed several people during this global crisis.

NONE of those choice was because of what they were doing or how they were preparing/handling their things. I am all for and welcome those individuals who are trying to provide some sense of normalcy and/or distraction in these trying times.

The unfollowing was 100% due to their condescension and “how dare you” attitude in preaching to their followers.

Here’s an important fact right now:
YOU HAVE THE POWER

Seriously.

YOU have the power over what you consume right now.

I’ve talked about this before, but it’s always a good thing to bring up.

There are two new sites, one local and one national, that I will not rely on unless I have a very reputable source backing them up.

I try not to consume those sources, in general, but especially now with sensationalization running rampant throughout the media. I am not saying this is not a serious situation, I am saying the media has done a terrible job handling it from the beginning.

In my social media, as I mentioned, I have unfollowed a few people whose accounts, before now, were harmless and fun with pretty pictures. Several others I have muted for the time being. With some, their whining was getting to be too much – they have a wide audience, they don’t need me; with others, it’s their “I know best, you must be doing things my way or you are horrible.” Most of the time I don’t even miss them and forget about them unless I actually see one of their posts in my feed (as opposed to them filling up my stories).

This is a very trying time in our world. Why not surround yourself with positivity?

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Words

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ARE POWERFUL

One kind word can warm three winter months. – Japanese Proverb

Words can do that. They can be uplifting and motivational. They can make the situation better. An apology can repair a broken relationship. They can make you feel like you are on top of the world. An unexpected compliment can make your entire day better.

Watch someone’s face when you tell them you are proud of them. Do it.

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ARE MEANINGLESS

They can also be completely empty. A throw-away comment can send you into a spiral of self-doubt and questioning. They can be pithily tossed about so often that you wonder if the speaker is even aware they are saying it.

What words do you throw around? Are they positive? Constructive? Or are they an insult or a complaint?

CAN CREATE

Words can form an opinion, a bond, a career.

I believe you can speak things into existence. - Jay Z

Think about those times when it was the first time you heard “I love you.” Tell me your heart didn’t feel like it was about to burst.

YOU have that effect on people, too.

CAN DESTROY

Words spoken in an unfulfilled promise can destroy everything you thought you knew. They can cut you to the quick, slash your heart to ribbons, and make you feel so tiny.

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