Ok. Every now and then I

Ok. Every now and then I hear something in church, take tons of notes and can’t wait to share it on here. Like here and here. So this one from a few Sundays ago hit home. Mainly because it’s so darn relevant to me right now, ok and anyone else who is effected by technology and social media.

So don’t count this as me preaching to you, but relaying something that was preached to me, on to you…because it impacted me. In a rather positive way. 

Vamos.

10 Commandments for your digital life. (Full message here)

1: Use technology, but don’t have it run your life – Technology is great. It’s totally ok to use it and celebrate it’s advances and innovations. Having your phone glued to you 24/7 and getting an anxiety attack if you don’t check it every hour…yeah, not so much.

2: Don’t compare yourself to someone’s online self – This comparison thing. Seriously, it’s one of the biggest pitfalls to everything online. I can feel great about my day: an outing to Trader Joe’s, got a post done, took a pic or two, and maybe made it to the beach sometime this week. I (Gasp) even got to surf for a half an hour. Winning. Then I go on Instagram and some über blogger, was flown in first class for an all expense paid trip to South Africa and posted a pic, looking perfect, wearing the perfect outfit, and is surrounded by baby cheetas. I tell myself….just…don’t…compare. It’s easier said than done. But you have to try to kick comparison to the curb 

3: Don’t allow what you see online create an ungrateful heart – This is kind of like comparison again, but it’s other distant, equally ugly relative. See some thing awesome that someone else did or have? The second that “If only…” thought pops in you brain, it’s time to give it a huge upper cut out of your head. Be grateful for what surrounds you in real life, not envious of what you see on a screen. 

4: Post humbly – Please. Hopefully I don’t need to elaborate on this one. 

5: Don’t confuse online popularity for authentic camaraderie. – Hate to break it to you but phones and computers don’t give great hugs, listen that well, laugh with you until your stomach hurts, and kind of short out and malfunction if your cry on them.

6: Spend more time face to face then on facebook – Social skills people. Social skills. They are good things to have. 

7: Don’t write something online that you wouldn’t say to that person’s face. – And if you still would say something that nasty to a person’s face…not gonna lie, I am scared of you. 

8: Treat everything you post as if it were going to be seen by your mom – Or dad. Or future boss. Or future daughter or sun. Or Mother Theresa. 

9: Unplug and take breaks – I’ve been doing this a lot more lately. It might be bad for my business, but it’s great for my psyche. Also, it’s a great reason for international travel, especially if you stay at a place with no free wifi.

10: Remember who you are in real life matters so much more than who your are online – That whole be someone worth knowing rather than being well known quote. It’s so true. People will remember how you made them feel, gestures of kindness, laughs, sacrifices, and kick ass moments that couldn’t be captured in an app. Invest in that. 

There you go.  

The screen in front of your face is great. Just remember to live beyond it. 

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