A couple of years ago I converted my Facebook profile to a Page. Little did I know that would become a trend for some. A profile is what everyone has, where you see others in your feed. Pages don't have feeds. It is simply an outlet for posting one way. It wasn't narcissism that drove me to the decision. It was the fatigue I was beginning to encounter. Fatigue from divisive opinion, passive aggressiveness, and the desire to hustle on the socials.

I am happy to report that this past election cycle wasn't as problematic for my sanity and peace... because I didn't have a feed to consume it. Now that I have curated my Twitter and Instagram feeds, those are fairly dialed in as well. {He exhales with gratitude and peace}.

Our fatigue can effect everything.

Mental and emotional instability is at an all time high. Let's be attentive to the erosion and warning signs while tending to our self-care.

We would do well to be cautious of our fatigue. It can lead us to unlikely places - Having less empathy, compassion, and peace can be detrimental to our health, not just mental and emotional health, but relational This is already of problem in the church. When we lose our empathy, compassion, and peace, we lose our bearings on how to navigate trauma or turbulence in life, not to mention being enabled to help others navigate trauma or turbulence.

Here is what is happening because of lessening my consumption of the socials (especially Facebook):

  • Seek opportunity to speak with people on the phone and in person as well as seek intentional relationships.
  • Ponder and reflecting without reacting.
  • Compelled to meditate and pray rather than worry.
  • More reading.
  • Cooking more.
  • Cussing less. :)

One of the most important aspects I would acknowledge during these days would be that I spend more time with others different than me. I spend time with Republicans, Independents, Green Party, Libertarians, and Democrats. Perspective is understated today. I am seeking to understand more than feel the need to be understood. I beleive that the more we open our minds, arms, and tables the more we actually solidify our worldview. Your worldview should be suject to challenge to be found worthy. If it is shaken easily, it may need reforming. Maybe that comes with age, or general fatigue of having 3 children and the life that comes with being a priest.

I don't tend to wast time grudging through false news or misinformed / biased arguments.

At the expense of coming off as an old curmudgeon, for the record, the word hustle isn't simply a cool street slang term for grinding / working. It's root is in criminal activity as well as sex-slave trade & sex-industry. I do understand the need for motivation and drive. I really do. Maybe we just need to reframe how we view our work ethic.

We are in new days, and we need new light in our lives. I believe we need to be new light to the world of darkness that we combat. We are better together. Curate the relationships closest to you. There may be some that need not be resuscitated. Honor those relationships by letting them go. Fight for those worth fighting for.

Over the past few years, I've come to terms with the idea of being unfollowed, unfriended, or unsubscribed from. It's not the end. It actually helps you to re-begin.

Christ spoke of peace often. Pray for peace, work for peace, be peace, and share peace with everyone you meet.