Welcome to my 2016 A to Z series on how to establish a meaningful minimum for social media as part of a balanced life. Over the next 26 days, I’ll take a quick look at some of the pluses and minuses of social media and how to adapt it to your own needs and plans.
Over the course of the past few years, I’ve been a member–active or otherwise–of close to one hundred Facebook groups.
About ten minutes ago, I deleted myself from all but twenty of these groups as part of a massive first pruning because, after a weekend of reading and reflection, one thing was clear to me:
I am a person who commits.
…who was not committing
…who was in fact drifting and dissipating from overcommitment, the happiness killer.
“You mean like in Fellowship of the Ring? The butter on the bread?” my friend Roslynn asked in response to my complaints.
“I feel thin, sort of stretched, like butter scraped over too much bread.”
― J.R.R. Tolkien,
It was more like I’d scraped the butter dish and smeared a snail’s trace over my toast.
No, today I quit as commitment. It was a commitment to spend “more time with my remaining parts” i.e. the secret sisterhoods of writers which are much better haunts and light the way and raise the spirits with wonder, awe, and laughter.