When I was a kid, I often watched my Mom bake bread. One part of the process I really thought was neat was when she dumped the clean pure bleached flour through a sifter. I asked her, Mom, if the flour is already clean pure and bleached then why do you need to put it through the sifter? She said, “It makes the flour lighter and it blends better. Plus, it removes any potential non-palatable hunks, chunks, or impurities. When it comes to baking a “Great” loaf of bread, I never assume the machinery that spits out the finished product is flawless.”
Wow! What a lesson. Today, I think about social media and how it has the potential to produce non-palatable hunks, chunks, and impurities. Now, I am not attacking it (Social Media); I use it. At first, I despised social media, I somehow thought I was subject to every opinion I read. News Flash: I am not and neither are you.
What is an opinion?
Opinion Definition: a view or judgment formed about something, not necessarily based on fact or knowledge.
How many opinions do you think you sift through on a daily basis?
How many of those opinions do you understand to be truthful?
Does the act of opinion sifting cause you unnecessary stress, depression, worry, anxiety, and/or fear?
I asked myself these questions as well. And, because I was truthful with myself I discovered just how much the opinions of others, if I let them, attempted to mar my identity. I then thought about my Mother’s flour sifter. I wondered, how can I sift through the junk, hunks, chunks, and other impurities found in social media? Then all of a sudden it hit me:
- I have the power to question any and all opinions before I accept them as truth.
- I have the ability to educate myself on the truth of the matter before I consider absorbing what I have just read or witnessed.
- I have the strength to bypass those opinions or comments that in no way uplifts me or any other human being.
Oh yeah! And because I am Christian I can recall the words of the Apostle Paul (Philippians 4:8-9):
“Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, dwell on these things. The things you have learned and received and heard and seen in me, practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you.”