Social media gets the best of us these days. Communication is diminishing. Connection is gone. Time fades away.
We live in a fast paced bubble, never considering to slow down and focus on our well being and on each other.
Breathe. Take another Breath. Close your eyes and deeply breathe in and exhale slowly out; then open your eyes.
How did that feel? Did you reflect on life at all in that moment? Were your thoughts going a mile a minute? If so, do it again, but this time focus on your breathing.
Do you stop to do that during your day or just for a few minutes right before you go to sleep?
Did you get to reflect on how you are truly feeling at the moment? Do you feel hurt? or lost? or content? or joy? Be honest with yourself. It's okay to let down that guard with yourself and truly be yourself.
Our world gets so consumed with social media and keeping up with it all, that we can get lost. We can abandon our family and friends, because we are so wrapped up in our own little world and not even know it. We don't see the pain that it causing them and we can also be hiding behind our own pain. It's not always easy to come to terms with that. We have to be strong, so we put on a facade, then we go about our day feeling defeated....no one ever notices.
Why is there such a disconnect between people and relationships? We say, "We are our brother's keeper or sister's keeper," but is that really true? Someone can be hurting right in front of us, but we miss it because we are engulfed in our virtual reality.
We all want to feel a connection to be wanted or feeling loved by someone. Knowing that someone was thinking about them and not because something was happening in their life, but for no particular reason. However, when it doesn't happen; we have to know that its alright, for God is always with us.
In the Bible, Paul talks about being content even when it seems like no one cares or is around.
Philippians 4:10-12 (NLT) says,
"How I praise the Lord that you are concerned about me again. I know you have always been concerned for me, but you didn’t have the chance to help me. Not that I was ever in need, for I have learned how to be content with whatever I have. I know how to live on almost nothing or with everything. I have learned the secret of living in every situation, whether it is with a full stomach or empty, with plenty or little."
The process to get to contentment is not always easy, but it is necessary. Pain is part of the journey. Be surrounded around people that care and love you. Become that someone's keeper. Grow that community with real connections and not just the ones on social media. Be that shoulder to cry on. Allow yourself to cry on someone's shoulder. You are not weak when you show your vulnerable side. Disconnect from the world of social media for a while and breathe. BE CONTENT IN WHO YOU ARE AND WHAT YOU HAVE.
Always remember: you never have a bad day; just bad experiences that you can learn from!
Heart Check July
Song to listen to: "You Say" by Lauren Diagle