I will not yield to being overwhelmed. When I do, I become paralyzed and ineffective. Being overwhelmed starts in my head and produces a full body affect of stress, anxiety, worry, fear, and panic in my days. What is the root of it?
A few weeks ago I was awakened in the middle of the night when my husband whacked me in the nose while I had been sound asleep. My eyes were startled open to find his arms flailing. I grabbed him and calling his name I shook him until he woke up. Once he was awake, I asked him what was going on and he responded, “I was running with a package that Tom Cruise had just handed me.”
As we laid there laughing I tried to remember what I had been dreaming of. What fantastical quest had I been on? I soon recalled what I had been busy doing in my dreamland— scrolling through Instagram, commenting on photos, looking at numbers of likes, and strategizing new posts.
*drops head into heads*
Why had I been working in my sleep?! Why couldn’t I be carrying top secret information in my dream? Furthermore, why was I so fixated on social media performance?
My propensity to being overwhelmed had invaded my sleep. My time of rest. My own concern of social performance in this massively addicted culture was the root of all that was overwhelming me and I knew something had to change.
As you may know, last week I bid farewell to social media. I took a bow with heartfelt sincerity and conviction and actively chose to no longer yield to the mindless scrolling, incessant and obsessive checking of a posts performance, and the constant, self-inflicted belittling I was doing about every truly wonderful part of my life. I said enough is enough.
And it has been liberating!
As I mentioned in my farewell posts on Instagram and Facebook, this resignation from social media is by no means a resignation from made. I am more excited than ever before about the growth and expansion of this little business. To the people who have asked if I think my business will suffer as a result of this choice, I say no way. God first sowed the seed in my heart for this business back in 2008 and one thing I know for certain is that God does not need social media to grow it. Can He use that? Sure! Did He use that? Yes! But does He need it? Do I need it? Is it really the necessity that everyone’s been telling us that it is? I don’t think so.
There’s so much more to come and I hope you’ll stick around to watch it all unfold.