Lets talk about a super fun subject: anger. What? You don’t think anger is fun?! Ok, well you’re right. Anger is not fun, in fact, its very much the opposite of fun. One thing I’ve come to realize is, anger is often birthed out of other emotions or circumstances. You don’t just wake up and think to yourself, “Gosh, today I’m going to be angry. That will be awesome.” Instead, it tends to creep in and grow like a sickness.
Recently, I decided to take a fast from social media because I realized with all the time I spend on it, I was becoming less and less of a person I actually wanted to be. Sure, I was getting good at forgetting about the embarrassment of climbing on a table in a coffee shop to “get the gram,” but my insides, the part that matters, was starting to suffer.
If anyone has seen, read, or even heard about Lord of The Rings [LOTR] and The Hobbit then you’re probably familiar with Gollum aka Smeagol, the creepy little gremlin character with two personalities. One of his personalities is sweet and loving, but his other personality is destructive and mean. Unfortunately for him, and for us most of the time, the mean side usually tends to win the battle in our minds which then turn into actions. I’m not sure about you, but when I realized that this was what was going on, I decided to just cool it, to get back to the basics, to make myself see love again.
One thing that will always be true is, what you are putting in is what you are going to get out of something. Whether that be fitness, music, reading, TV, words, food — literally anything. We can’t expect to change our mindset if we are continuing to “feed” ourselves what is making us sick. I think, we tend to forget that, or at least I do. I often tell myself, just try harder not to think negatively, but If I keep putting myself in front of what causes my mind to think negative, I’ll never change.
1 Corinthians 15:33 “Do not be deceived: “Bad company ruins good morals.””
This scripture says just that, we can have the best intentions and ideas, but the negativity tends to take over, so I propose this, if its hurting you, remove it. If its causing you to be a person you don’t like, remove it. Get back to the basics, back to the beginning. Now, I’m not saying social media is evil, for goodness sakes it’s like anything it can be good or bad, it just depends how you use it. I’m the first person so say I love social media, there is such a beauty to it. I’m saying that if something is turning you into a person you don’t want to be then change your habits. Go eat an apple instead of that slice of cake. Go read your bible instead of complaining about so-and-so doing whatever they’re doing on social media. Go pray instead of drinking till you can’t remember. Go for a run instead of watching tv for hours. Go get to know someone instead of judging them prematurely. Say something nice instead of something destructive.
I’m not saying I’m an expert at any of this, but that shouldn’t stop me from trying to be better than yesterday.
Have an amazing week. Tell someone they’re beautiful. Make someone smile.