I joined Facebook about 5 years later than most everyone else. At some level, I just knew that it would be like a drunk in a liquor store. The extrovert in me would want to be catching up with everyone all the time. The sensitive part of me would get hurt by the judgement and hostile things people say.
But I eventually had to join to connect with a new group of friends as that was their main mode of communication. I put limits on my time, on the number of people I friended and what I would post about. It helped keep things in check and sane.
But things have gotten out of whack. I am spending too much time on Facebook now and I am thinking about what is said there way too much when I am away from Facebook.
I have an image of my well of peace. Its a well inside a courtyard in a vast and beautiful garden. That well feeds the plants in the garden. It must have good water for all the good and beautiful things to grow. Enemies may surround the garden and take it over and destroy all the beautiful flowers and plants, but if the well is protected, then even when destruction happens, the garden can come back. If the well gets tainted, the garden just cannot grow.
So these days, I feel like I am having to work really hard to protect my well of peace. I am pushed in by events in the world and the stresses of life around me. They are forcing their way toward my well of peace.
I need to reclaim some land, push back on these stressful things. To keep my well of peace intact, I need to say no and turn my back on things that are encroaching.
I am in the thick of motherhood. A teenager, a preschooler and one in between. I know this is a short time of my life and they are the primary recipients of any good water from my well. So I am saying no to Facebook, at least for a while, and turning my attentions to things that feed this garden and keep us growing. I'm cultivating.