I often have trouble posting a Facebook status.
How do you decide which tiny itty bitty slice of your life you announce to your friends and family?
It’s hard enough to write an 800-word WordPress blog and halfway describe a teeny-weeny slice of your life. (People think they know you after you describe fifteen minutes of your day…a fact which always amazes me. For example, some people have recently suggested that I am a very social creature surrounded by friends. Ha ha, wrong assessment! I can be quite reclusive and silent and perfectly happy alone for days…except for that fifteen minute blog per day. It’s questionable about whether one is still alone when blogging, isn’t it?)
Back to Facebook statuses. Unless you’re posting a new one every twenty minutes–which some people do–how in the world do you settle on a status?
This morning, almost back to the house after Barry dropped me off a mile from the abode, I thought, “Now is a good time to post a Facebook status.”
1. Just enjoyed a mile long walk on a cool July morning listening to squawking baby blue jays. (Why does anyone want to know this in such a short snippet? We’re leaving out the fact that we waved to four people–one, our neighbor, Bruce, on his motorcycle, and that the daisies looked so beautiful and the air felt like liquid beauty. Except liquid is the wrong word. Back to the drawing board.)
2. Juicing watermelon this morning for breakfast for the very first time. (Why does anyone need to hear this? You haven’t even juiced it yet. It might taste awful. Because they may be inspired to juice. Because you’re describing a moment of Presence.)
3. Meditating this morning…what a great way to start the day! Everybody should try it. (No, this sounds too bossy. Everybody should do what they are called to do.)
4. Wanting to leave email up all day in case Kiah sends a message from Paris. (No, no, no, we already discussed Kiah’s European trip last status. People will think you’re obsessed.)
5. “Sun is shining. Weather is sweet. Make you wanna move your dancing feet.” –Bob Marley. (Ummm, no. I am rarely a quoter, even though I like reading quotes. I figured God put us on this planet to make our own quotes, not borrow quotes from others. OK, OK, just because I took this stand I’ll probably be quoting for the next six blogs. It’s hard to state an opinion when it changes every day. Make that every minute.)
5. Hello friends and family! Hope everyone is enjoying this beautiful summer day! (Too many exclamation points. What if people are suffering, hurting, lost their best friend? Doesn’t this sound a bit too much like Pollyanna? Besides, been there, done this status. It’s been around the block.)
6. Should I go to work or not today? (No, no, heavens no! Most people don’t have the luxury of flexible work hours. They will internally growl and snap and spit. Bad status. Bad. Don’t go there.)
7. May you pick a bouquet of lupines and wish upon a dandelion puff today. (Oh goodness…dorky…. But then again, I like dorky. Except what about the people who have no access to lupines or dandelion puffs? You shouldn’t project about what other people think. Just state your own truth and that’s that. Let your light shine. Spread your joy. What you status is your offering; what others make of it is their receiving.)
OK, OK, see why Facebook statuses are so hard? How do people do it? Much better to write an essay. That way you can sneak in at least seven statuses.
What would you write as your status right now? You are allowed to write an essay in the comments if you choose.
P.S. Sorry there aren’t any pictures. I didn’t bring the camera along for the walk because there was no intent of writing a blog. Besides, statuses don’t have photos. You have to use your imagination.