Sometimes you are presented with something that puts existence into proper focus. For many this discloses itself through their religion, nature or a general rational philosophy. Inevitably the wave flows through a person or people. A friend on Facebook shared this video of Stephen Jepson and it reminded me of how personal originality and self-confidence afford us what I consider a revolution of self. This mindful defiance serves to instill hope and happiness for no other reason than to celebrate life.
As I slowly and painfully (to a degree) make my switch from Facebook to Twitter I thought sharing some of the “Twits” I follow might be a nice feature. It can be very much like going down a rabbit hole as you will find one, see who they follow, add them…you see where this is going. But in life that is how things work. The problem is that when you have so much information coming at you it can be hard to process.
Twitter makes it nice (for those who don’t use it) in that those you follow will re-tweet those they follow so your timeline can remain relatively clean.
I have actually been using Twitter for years as a resource for mostly my Jacksonville Jaguars writing through JaguarsBlog and BigCatCountry. However after a recent Twitter conversation which became nothing short of straw man arguments and blatant misinterpretation of intent I knew the time to pull away from this “football world” at a higher level was required. I didn’t like how I was reacting and the basic lack of civility and integrity created an atmosphere I was not strong enough to not be “corrupted” by.
It never fails to amaze how hard it is to admit weakness.
So enough with the history of this personal “Twit”. Here are a few folks that keep the timeline filled with great ideas.
I want to recognize my friend Liza Van Arsdale-Mitchell for her recent utilization of Facebook to promote goodness. She posted the following:
Special request to kids returning to school in the next few days: If you see someone who is struggling to make friends or being bullied because he/she doesn’t have many friends, because they are shy or not as pretty or not dressed in the most “in” clothes – PLEASE step up. Say hi or at least smile at them in the hallway. You never know what that person might be facing outside of school. Your kindness might just make a BIG difference in someone’s life!
While I am not so old that I do not recall the uncomfortable nature of adolescence and the strong desire to fit in, I also recall moments in which I decided to go against the grain and simply do something because it was good and right. But for the grace of (G)od my children or your children will find acceptance within a group that promotes success and unity.