That’s the question we’ve been taking turns at this week and hasn’t the ensuing conversation been interesting? I hope you found it to be a healthy discussion, as well. I know I did.
For instance, I took a personal lesson from Beth Webb Hart’s post. It was surprising for me to learn that her husband, a college professor and composer, doesn’t own a cell phone because of his deeply held concerns about social media and technology. People who actually live their principles get my attention and hold it. Perhaps that’s why the following description he gave of his students has stayed with me: …a generation struggling to make eye contact and read body language and social media junkies who seem more obsessed with “curating” their own little museums of themselves than actually living life.
This unabashed social media enthusiast welcomed those words. I allowed them to linger and give me pause. I don’t want to curate life. I want to live it wide open but having a more is more personality means I need to be intentional about setting and maintaining boundaries.
Balance, isn’t it amazing how so much of our success or failure can be traced to balance, or the lack of it, in our lives?
I believe Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and all of the other social media communities out there, offer us opportunities to speak into our world in more ways and in greater degrees than we have yet to fully explore. The question is whether we will say anything of value. The following aren’t definitive answers, of course. But among other things to consider, it seems to me that answer will depend on whether or not we have a life beyond the one we craft for those we “follow” and those who are “following” us and whether we are building relationships or those aforementioned museums.
Shellie Rushing Tomlinson is an author, speaker and radio host knee deep in line edits for Heart Wide Open, Random/Waterbrook 2014. Visit her at allthingssouthern.com