Staging our Lives for Facebook

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Comparison is the thief of joy

Life is too valuable to spend it wanting someone elses!

Have you ever been having a great day.  Life is good.  The kids, while not perfect, seem to be doing well.  The house, although not entirely clean, isn’t as bad as it has been.  Finances, well there’s not a lot extra but the bills are paid and there’s food in the pantry.  Then you make the mother of all mistakes.  You go on Facebook.

 

You start scrolling thru to check on this & that; before you know it you’re discontent and feeling quite down.  I’ve been there.  We compare our “real life” to others “facebook life”. 

Now, I’m going to add a little disclaimer right here.  I’m not against Facebook or any other social media.  I’ve got accounts on several social media apps.  However, I am against the comparison game that is played by so many of us. 

I very rarely post much of anything of FB, I guess you could call me a FB stalker.  🙂  I keep up with friends and family that I would likely otherwise have lost contact with long ago.  It can be a great tool – when used wisely.

I was talking to one of my friends via messenger last week and sent them this pic.  I was saying how glad I was that I finally had my den back.  No more laundry piled on the couch and I had cleared out all of my work and put it away for the oncoming Christmas season.  Her response was, “Is that your house?!? – now come over here!” – insinuating that I could help find her living room that was likely buried beneath a pile of laundry and work as well.  😉

Then I sent her the following picture.  This was my dining room.  I had moved the “laundry room” in there.  She got quite a laugh.  One picture looks pretty calm and inviting.  The other, well it’s just real – doesn’t everyone hang the clothes hangers on the dining room fixtures?!?

A pictures worth a thousand words friends, however pictures can lie just as easily as a tounge can. 

Don’t get caught up in the whole “perfect” world that people post on social media!  We all put our best out there for the world to see.  But that’s not life!  Noone is constantly having a party and “loving life”.  We ALL have bad hair days and LOS (laundry overload syndrome)! 

The next time you’re tempted to play the comparison game… Look around.  Instead of focusing on how your house is a mess and your laundry is comparable to Mt. Everest, be thankful.  Yes, thankful.  Life is messy.  And that laundry pile, I’ll just bet there’s some great memories in those grass stained blue jeans. 

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One thought on “Staging our Lives for Facebook

  1. I loved this article. I have found myself “envious” of what people post on FB too. We do need to remember most people only share things that make them look good.

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