Facebook annoys me with all its bells and whistles... until its algorithms reposted something I wrote several years ago I totally forgot about. I guess I shouldn't judge Facebook's bling (and occasionally those people close to me) so harshly! Here it is all the way back from 2012. Yep, still applies:
"This is my response to a scathing commentary I recently read on the current state of humankind. This comes from the ground level, that place where I engage to make the best and worst choices possible for myself…
Yes – I am a different breed of animal. Smarter, wiser, more civilized. But above all, I am an emotional being who possesses both incredible hope and great despair. The ability to choose where I focus my thoughts and energy is my greatest advantage. I choose vulnerability, connection and the optimism that exists all around me when I pay attention. At the same time I am still fully aware of, and learning from, the darkness that is always present. I do struggle and occasionally fall back but I always get back up and move forward as best I’m capable of. This is normal. Pessimism, ignoring shame, and lack of vulnerability can lead to social isolation, a place where the seeds of rage can be found. This is not a place I want to spend time in.
These days, many of us want to see change. I have chosen to take care of myself; change myself first. These choices will slowly ripple through the rest of humanity. I believe that I can make a difference."