I can easily ignore most social media trends.
Anything involving emotional blackmail, aka “Like and Share this or else you hate babies/our troops/God!” is very easy to scroll past. Ditto for sharing recipes which use food that is filled with more artificial ingredients than an aging actress’ face.
There was one trend that popped up in late in October that caught my eye.
Friends were posting on how, during at least part of November, they were going to write a post on Facebook every day about something for which they are thankful.
To be blunt, I wasn’t feeling in a very thankful mood when I read this. I had just been informed that my contract job was ending and was staring at being out of work going into the holiday season.
With income no longer coming in, I thought of all the things I couldn’t afford right now. Then it hit me.
One thing I really can’t afford is negativity.
If I am to get up in the morning, look for work and do what needs to be done, gloom and fear can’t overwhelm me.
So I looked on this daily thankfulness posting as a challenge. Yeah, it’s easy to be thankful for what one has. Family, friends, etc. But to find one thing every day for 30 days, and to write about it, takes effort. It takes commitment. It takes opening your eyes and looking around. It takes reflection.