This poem still resonates.
Sometimes social media news feeds can leave one feeling starved for sustenance. I am tired of the messages I see lately all over the internet. It brought to mind this poem I wrote a few years back. I struggle to find my voice and discern my own thoughts with the continual pouring out of opinions experienced on any given day.
I give you my offering for the days I have felt like running away from it all, including the sound bites I create in my mind in response to all of it.
Weary of followers, unfollowers, tweets.
Wary of these heavy shoes on my feet.
Weary and burdened by all of the toys,
I long for release, from all of the noise-
via news feeds,
shout-outs and over-share hell
it feels like I’m drowning, but how could I tell?
Newspapers, books and screens scream loud
my voice is lost
in this innumerable crowd.
I cringe at the thought of just “one more thing”,
or piece of advice and the anguish it brings.
Your Facebook, Tumbler and Instagram, too
Overload my brain, and mind it’s true
I try to escape but wherever I go,
above and below.
Please make it stop,
from every which way,
or call me unsocial
if my feelings betray-
my soul is anemic,
so don’t delay.
I think I’d be happier still if I,
curled up in a corner
alone and asked why-
with paper, pen and a very small space,
return to the closet
with my writing and grace-
I’ll disappear without a trace
living happily ever after
in my quiet place.
*Journal Prompt & Possibilities:
1. What are your thoughts? Do you ever feel wary or weary treading the paths of social media? Write your response in your journal.
2. How do you draw the lines around your own intake of the many forms of Social Media, news and entertainment competing for our attention today?
3. I have had an ongoing struggle to balance my SM intake and output carefully. Social Media is an extension of our lives before God. Nothing is hidden from God’s sight. Recently I started taking week-long breaks to counteract the onslaught of information overload found by scrolling feeds. I challenge you to be careful what you take in and of what you share. I strive to do so as well…but often have to give myself an old-fashioned timeout when I pick up too much online momentum. My goal is always to take in more of Scripture than news feeds. More of the mind of Christ than the thoughts of men. I challenge you to journal before the Lord about your own intake. Allow Him to give you wisdom and discernment about how to use all of your time for His glory. Yes, God can be found online, because His children are there, BUT are they doing His will both on and offline is the question. Let God be the one to decide what news is worthy of you feeding on today. I know I need to be more careful and perhaps you do, too?
Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is.
*This post is part of a series: Devotion Thoughts for Summer Days– a combination of faith-based posts and other writings published between 2011-2013 (and some written fresh this Summer) revised with journaling prompts.
Thank you for joining me on the journey!
The Weekend Brew