Farewell Facebook, Hello Happiness

For a while now I have been debating dropping out of the Facebook scene, but I kept analyzing the idea and changing my mind. Finally, I realized that it came down to my lack of trust in God. (I know, really?, yes…really) Do I trust God that the friends I need to be in touch with I will be connected to? Do I trust that the people who need to pray for us and our trip to Burundi will know what is going on without Facebook? Yes, I trust God to provide those things without Facebook. All that said, I absolutely think there are valuable aspects to Facebook. For me, I had so little self-control when it came to social media that I felt like I had to give it up. The morning I canceled my account I read Matthew 5:30 “And if your right hand causes you to stumble, cut it off and throw it away. It is better for you to lose one part of your body than for your whole body to go into hell.” Here is a poem I wrote when I was struggling with the decision.

I want to Hear:
I want to hear my children when they call out my name.
I want to hear them cry when they are in pain.
I want to hear their whispers, their giggles and their cries.
I was to see them growing and catching fireflies.
I want to see their little eyes light up with new found joy.
I want to see them running, creating, and inventing a new toy.
I don’t want my texting to take up all my time.
I don’t want my kids thinking they aren’t more important than a chime.
I don’t want Facebook to steal away the years,
for my virtual world to matter more than wiping away real tears.
So off goes the data and shutdown on my phone
to do what really matters and let my love be known.

It has been a week since I pulled the plug and the most shocking aftermath is how happy I am. Seriously, I am multiple point on a happiness chart happier.
If you have been thinking of doing it, then DO IT. It is awesome. You will think of Facebook status updates like this:

This is so great! I feel so free!!!!!!!!!!
Wow, I can’t believe how much I don’t care about my phone now!
I am so happy not knowing what is going on with everybody!!!!

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2 thoughts on “Farewell Facebook, Hello Happiness”

  1. I deactivated (for the first time ever) in late August/ early September (basically around school starting and our house projects coming to a head). It was not only becoming a time waster, but also a stressor. Even if I tried to stay off, inevitably someone would tag me, or comment on something of mine, or share a link on my wall, etc. and I was getting distracted with all the pings all days long (I guess I can’t fault my kids for lack of self-control… nut doesn’t fall far from the tree, eh? Ha ha!). It is indefinite for now, but my days feel a little more peaceful. I stumbled across this post one day and have been sharing with friends!

    I could not believe how well you articulated what I had been feeling. I know I just said something like, “I need more space and quiet.” Which is totally true. But you went a step further to really explain it in your poem! 🙂

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