Is Social Media Toxic In Large Amounts?


This #is a response to the one-word prompt “Toxic” by “The Daily Post.”

#In light of the controversy around FaceBook right now, it seems a good time as any to discuss the effect that #social #media as a whole has on society. There is no doubt that social media in the likes of FaceBook, Twitter, LinkedIN, and so-forth have been a major boon for society in terms of better and faster connectivity for individuals and groups, but at what costs?

While we as a society may be more connected then ever; are we really getting anything out of that connectivity or is it just giving us a false sense of connectivity? In other words are we actually connected and/or spending time with each other, our family, friends, etc. The consensus and research says no we are not; we are actually as a society feeling more lonelier than ever. This despite the fact of how much time people are spending on social media. We humans are social animals who need social contact with others, but as it turns out that social contact actually needs to be physical or in other words “real.”

Social media platforms like FaceBook or LinkedIn can be useful in helping us to maintain contact but only if they remain just that, a ‘magnifier” or addition not a replacement for “traditional” face to face in real life meetings. To put it another way social media in small docidges are extremely helpful, but in #large #amounts are actuallly #toxic to what they are meant to help, that being social contact.

What Are Your Thoughts and ViewPoints on this subject? Please do share them, all are welcomed and wanted.

Getting Discipline In My Life


I want to be successful #in #my business. I want/need to lose weight. I need to manage my time better. These wants/needs I am sure sound pretty familiar to you. You probably have very similar if not the same ones right now or have had them in the past. The most important thing I have found in pursuing these wants/needs or any others is that they all require #discipline on my part. Lots of and constant discipline.

Discipline to recognize what needs to be done, and discipline to come up with a strategy to achieve my wants and needs. But most importantly of all discipline to stick with it. No plan no matter how good can help you to succeed at anything in #life if you don’t have some very good discipline. It is as simple and complicated as that; no discipline, no success.

How do I get my discipline? I get it by how much I actually want whatever it is I am working for. If I really want something and am willing and able to do what needs to be done to get/achieve it, then I will be able to better develop my discipline as in move forward in my goal/s. This here is important to remember, discipline comes not all at once but in stages; as I work for what I want/need I get a little more disciplined in doing so.

Discipline is a lot like a muscle, the more you work for it the more and stronger it gets. Yet, the less you work at it, like a muscle it will atrophy. In the end, in order to develop and have good discipline to achieve your wants/needs requires you to change your habits and/or get new ones.  Discipline never just happens, it comes a little bit at a time because you work for it and change how you go about your life in response to your wants/needs.

What do you think about this subject? What are your thoughts and viewpoints? Please do share them, all are welcomed and wanted.

More Political Division or Perhaps Unity In 2018?


The year of 2017 was an ugly, crazy year when it came to just how divided we as a nation and people became #in the United States. Most will not dispute that, although they will dispute the reasons for it. That right there is the deeper problem, as long as we keep blaming each other and not understanding each other, the divide will only get worse and grow until it destroys us.

Ok, so we all know and agree on what the problem is (extream #political divisiveness) if that is the case there is no need to blame the problem on anyone #or thing. Doing so will only aggravate the problem not solve it. The key to solving any problem is to first recognize that there is one and what it is; as said, that we have done.

So if the problem is that we as a nation just can’t agree on politics and governing, then the answer is not to create #more areas of disagreement and argument, but to create more areas of agreement and understanding. Despite just how divided we are, this is a whole lot easier then it may sound. It is not “brain science” (although we make it that with our stubbornness).

All that needs to be done is that we start to talk to each other, to understand each other. We need to connect and empathize with each other; to know that we all each have our own concerns, fears, and hopes for our lives, our communities, and our nation. By doing so we will then be able to find and see just all the many small ways we #perhaps do agree rather than just where we disagree. We will then be able to move forward in those areas that we agree on, and that in time will allow us to even tackle the issues we are in disagreement on.

Be forewarned that going this route will require a lot of patience, restraint, understanding, and it needs to be done at all levels of our society. It needs to be done in the family, the neighborhood, our churches/houses of worship and the broader community as well as in our political/governing institutions. It needs to be a truly grassroots movement from the very bottom to the very top.

This restoring understanding and seeing areas of agreements instead of areas of disagreement and not knowing each other is and can be achieved, but only if we all work towards this goal and do so every day both in our everyday lives and in our “political discourse.” But it can be done and must if our nation is to survive and thrive! So stop arguing and start understanding!

What are your thoughts and viewpoints on this subject? Please do share them. All are welcomed and wanted.