Friday, 14 May 2021

End of An Era, End of An Addiction?


Well I finally did it; I reduced my social media footprint a little further. While there were once three Facebook pages that I managed, as of today there are none. My personal Facebook page remains, but the main reason it does is to be able to continue to communicate with distant family via Messenger. Oh, my Twitter account also remains but only for the purpose of following a few local sites. All other social media platforms that I once maintained have also long since been deactivated, and all this was preceded by my decision to also remove social media apps from my smartphone. 

Why? I’m glad you asked. 😉

Social media had become an addiction. I found myself wasting away valuable time mindlessly scrolling through mostly junk. Sure, there were wholesome posts too, such as photos of family and friends, but it was too easy for me to get caught up in all the unwholesome stuff. Conspiracy theories abound. Political and religious arguments were never in short supply. Combined with a host of other trash, all contributed in robbing me of my personal peace. The more mindless crap I scrolled through, the more time I’d waste doing nothing of value, and the cycle would repeat itself ... again, and again, and again. Yes, social media had become an addiction. Enough was enough!

My two blogs remain, though the Rethinking Faith and Church blog is now mostly dormant. I suppose the time of rethinking since leaving the pastoral ministry twenty years ago is also finally over. Though this wrestling season seems over, I realize that may change one day if the Lord so wills it. Still, its posts remain for those who stumble upon them. The Other Side of Will will continue to be the platform for all random musings, such as this one. I suppose you could say it is my online journal.

So here’s to the end of an era and the end of an addiction. Here’s to having more time to spend in my library enjoying a plethora of good books. Here’s to unplugging from the rat race and finding time for things that really matter. Here’s to reclaiming my personal peace.

A final word about the photo:

This little fellow resides in our sanctuary, our beautiful backyard deck, under a gorgeous huge lilac. I believe that he too has unplugged from social media and seems to have found his personal peace as well. 😊

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