I successfully finished my Stickk.com Facebook challenge where I did not login to Facebook for 12 weeks. Truth be told, it wasn’t even a challenge because I had completed 10 weeks previously starting at the end of July. I got back on for about five days in October, and then was off of it for 12. In other words, I’m more conditioned not to check into Facebook than I am addicted.
Nobody noticed I was gone. Nobody. On one hand, that makes me feel terrible. Nobody checked to make sure I was still alive. Nobody called to find out if I was sick. Nobody emailed to see if I was ok. Nobody sent a text inquiring about my day. Nobody asked me to lunch or to coffee. Nobody.
I am equally guilty. I did not email, text, call, or check-in with anyone who wasn’t in my direct sphere. It’s like I was hoping they’d fail–a typical victimhood mentality. And they did–they all failed fantastically but I did, too.
I failed at being the best person I can possibly be. I failed at being a good friend. I failed at keeping in touch with my family that lives out of state. I failed to be a member of my small, online community. I focused solely on the negative aspects of Facebook and not the good.
From this day forward, I vow to be a beacon of kindness on Facebook. I will wish every single person happy birthday because I know how it feels to be ignored. I will like posts that aren’t political because I’m tired of the politics. I will like anything that will make my friends feel good. Why? Because the Golden Rule applies here: Treat others how you want to be treated. Making other people happy makes me happy–it’s like paying for the coffee of the guy behind you–a portion of your cash is gone but you feel great.
There’s so much negativity in this world and I no longer want to be a part of it. I’m turning over a new leaf. I’m making new rules for living. Watch me as I finally grow up.
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