Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Borrowing Mom's Rose-Colored Glasses...

This morning I wrote a post on Facebook. 

"Although most " cancer" posts are meant to spread the word and encourage, some are tough to swallow and actually do not help. I know the intention is in the right place, but sometimes it may be best to block me and others who are experiencing it first hand. Those who are living with it don't really need to be reminded of some things. I'm not ungrateful, just keeping it real."

I kind of stirred things up with this post, received some apologies and decided to clarify a bit more.

"I certainly didn't mean to stir things up with this post. Let me clarify that encouraging posts are always a welcome sight and appreciated to keep me moving in the right direction."

Facebook is interesting. Like many other things in life, there are both positives and negatives. Messages can be interpreted in many ways, causing waves of emotions from all those involved. 

Yesterday was one of the not so good days for me. I was beyond exhausted, having stomach issues, and just all around feeling gross. I went to bed early last night and when I got up this morning, I saw a post. Determined not to have another bad day, I said what was on my mind. I'm not one to beat around the bush. If I believe in something, I will speak up. 

For quite some time I have seen a post circling on Facebook that has bothered me when I read it. It's sad, and heart-wrenching...a definite downer. Although people are encouraged to share the post to honor all those affected by the Big C, it would seem more honorable not to post it. I know I am not alone in my feelings, as there are others out there fighting fierce battles as well.

Obviously I'm not in charge of telling everyone what and what not to post on social media. We are individuals, with individual ideals, thoughts, motivations, and connections. I just felt the need to bring some attention to the situation just in case you never really thought about it before. If you want to keep posting those downers, then so be it, it's the real deal...I'll just keep growing the layers on my skin. 

Never is it my intent to make anyone ever feel bad. As I noted previously, I know the intent of the posts are only done with love. I just ask that you really reflect on what you're posting and how it may impact others.

Now, I'm going to abruptly change the subject. I am not a sports person. I did not watch the Superbowl, but I did change the channel and see the end of the halftime show. I enjoyed it, especially at the end when this was actually gave me chills.

I later found out that not everyone was a fan of the halftime event. Many were insulted and voiced their opinions. I was ignorant to the entire controversy, neglected to see how it could have been offensive, and enjoyed what I saw.

The Halftime Show was one event that stirred lots of feelings, probably all accurate regardless of where you stand.

Reviewing the entire show online, I don't love it as much as I did the first time, but there were glimmers of energy, talent, unity and love that I did like.

It just reminded me that we can always take away something positive from every situation, sometimes we just have to put on our rose colored glasses and search a bit harder.

"See everything through rose-colored glasses and be happy with the little things in your life." 

Dedicating this post to my Momma who excels at putting on her rose-colored glasses. 

I also need to wish my Memere a very Happy 94th Birthday today. You can read about my mem on last year's post


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