Have you ever felt like breaking away from what the crowd was doing, but you did not have the courage to pull yourself away because you feared you would miss out on all the happenings? I am sure you have experienced this some time in your life.
I had a breakthrough the day before my birthday which resulted in a new personal motto. My new personal motto is, “I do what works for me, even if it is the unpopular.”
My Story: I Do What Works for Me (Social Media)
Being an Ear
My birthday was on July 18th and on July 17th, I reflected on my life. I thought about how I always lend an ear to others (not related to coaching/health), but when I need an ear, there is no ear for me. I will write more about this topic in a future post.
Social Media Profiles
I also reflected my online presence. When I started this blog, I thought I had to have a social media profile on every site because experts said it was one thing to do. I deleted social media profiles in the past, but I would always re-open the accounts because it was the thing to do; be on social media.
Deactivating Facebook Account
Well, I did something unpopular, I deactivated my Facebook account. I have deleted Facebook accounts in the past, only to open new accounts months after deletion. Deactivation is not the same as deletion.
Deactivation allows you to sign in without losing your account, but deletion, after 14-days of not logging in, removes your account permanently from Facebook.
Since deactivating my Facebook account, I am more focused on my goals. Sometimes, you have to let go of what causes distractions in your life. Facebook was a big distraction in my life. I will share more about this in a future post.
I am still on Twitter, and Google + . I chose to stay on these social media sites because I enjoy these sites; I have more engagement; and I do not spend a lot of time on these sites.
My social media lesson is to do what works best for me, even if it is the unpopular. I can not do everything; it is impossible.
Email from a Long-Time Reader
I reflected on July 17th, made some changes and had a peaceful sleep. On the morning of July 18th, my birthday, I received an email from a long-time reader of this blog. Here is the email:
“Good Morning Evelyn,
I pray that all is well with you. You have been on my mind lately. Therefore, I decided to check on you. I miss seeing your videos! I pray that God will continue to bless you in all of your endeavors. You have been blessed to be a blessing, and the gift that God has given you through blogging and vlogging has immeasurably been a catalyst to positive changes that I have made in my life. Too often, we don’t give people their flowers while they live. I thought I would take time to give you yours. Keep up the good work.
BTW – I clicked on your Instagram the other day. Hannah has gotten so tall!”
This email message came at the right time. This long-time reader had no idea that it was my birthday and she was not aware of my life reflection moment and discovery.
I have to admit, I was teary eyed after reading this message. This long-time reader did not know about my new commitment to blogging activities. She also did not know about my new commitment to vlogging. I accept this as God’s divine message that I am on the right path.
Thank you long-time reader for sticking with me! I appreciate you!
Sometimes in life we have to find the courage to pull away from the crowd no matter how great things look on the outside. We have to trust that the choices we make are best for us, even if those choices are not so popular.
“I prefer to be true to myself, even at the hazard of incurring the ridicule of others, rather than be false, and to incur my own abhorrence.” ~ Frederick Douglass
Be you. Do you. Just be.