Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Shimmer & Sparkle

"Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me."

That's a load of BS.

Sorry for the language, but it just is...

I've never had a broken bone, but man, I've been cut deep by words. We all have.

Today, while I was sitting at my desk knocking some things off my to-do list, I decided to pick a couple of giveaway winners based off their use of the Twitter hashtag from one of our recent events. As with every event, there are always things you'd change and improve upon. Well, there were a few tweets that were less than positive about the event.

In the grand scheme of things, these negative tweets were probably 3% of all the tweets posted about the event, but you know how it goes, you can hear a million compliments but only remember the one criticism.

Anyway, I gave myself 5 minutes to let the tweets sting and allow the thoughts of "maybe I failed" to cross my mind. After the 5 minutes, I pulled my emotions together and remembered how much money we raised for our beneficiary, how many people gushed about having so much fun at the event, and how I already knew the "problems," as well as the ways we wanted to try and address them next year.

I sat there and thought, it's easy to "lash out" from behind a computer... to criticize a faceless entity... to type 140 characters without thought and consideration of the person reading the tweet.

NONE of the comments were that terrible, but because I'm a thinker, it got me thinking. I do not envy celebrities... I do not envy public figures... I do not envy people who put themselves out there to be judged by people who feel entitled to share their every opinion.

I told one of my co-workers that although I don't think I post negatively on Twitter, I will certainly be more conscious of what I post - as well as what I say. There is a face, a name, a story, and a lot of hard work behind everything in life.

Why do we feel the need to tear each other down? To criticize? To complain? Does it make us feel better about ourselves? I know sometimes it's really hard, and sometimes it feels really good to just vent and complain, but it is so much more freeing to be positive, complimentary, excited and joyful!

I tried crafting a tweet multiple times today, but I felt like no matter what I wrote, it would just come across as passive aggressive, or so vague that people would wonder what I was talking about, so after multiple attempts, I decided to delete my draft and move on with my day.

Now that I have shared what happened in my day, I'll share what I wanted to tweet...

I refuse to let my light be dulled because of what someone else thinks. We're all entitled to our opinions, but I'm not obligated to take what I read on Twitter... what others say... or what I think others might be thinking... to heart. So, I will not let my sparkle do anything less than continue to shimmer on! 

xoxo, E

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