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All this talk is great... but do you actually do it?

the Internet is filled with great sayings and quotes and pictures and motivational tidbits...

Right...? Just scroll down your Facebook newsfeed or bounce around Pinterest... its all packed with all this great (most of them common sense) sayings and pictures about how you can relieve stress or succeed more in life or lose weight or not care about losing weight... do you actually live them... or just read them?


(I fricking hate not giving credit, but I can't remember where I saved this image from?)

This image really struck me... 

Don't sit at your dining room table with your glass of wine and think that the fact you can't afford the car you want is worth worrying yourself to death about and then rant all over the internet about how sad you are.

29 comments:

  1. First ~ I want to say that no, I don't look at ALL of those pictures & slogan because really, it's overkill, especially on FB. I would love to block every one of those feeds and have blocked several of my friends feeds purely on the fact that all they ever do is like or reshare the slogans.

    Second point ~ It doesn't tell me anything about them as a person other than that they have a lot of time on their hands staring at the computer looking for the slogans and not actually going out and doing something to make the difference that most of these images is portraying. This is I think where FB fails. The reshare is good for many things but damn, I get sick of seeing these pictures/slogans/videos all the time.

    Sorry, this just struck a nerve as I was going through my FB home page this morning. You really have to dig to find an actual true status update rather than these things. I almost blocked several people that I have been friends with since childhood and I don't want to have to do that.

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  2. It struck a nerve with me too... Very well put Christine.

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  3. When I have ever posted quotes they have stuck a cord with me. I don't post them very often even though some that others have posted have caused a moment of pause. Those that post them incessantly gives me the impression they are trying to convince themselves of something that they either don't truly embrace or they are wanting to seem witty to get a bunch of "likes". Assuming can be dangerous, most of the time it is, and don't want to try to choose the motivations for others...just my impression.

    Now on to the photo that you posted. Sorry Cody but I think it's a horrible representation and trivializes an individuals unique life experiences. Having been in the mental health field as long as I have it is important to understand that everyone has a different threshold and unique experience with the pressures of life rather it be "stress", anxiety, depression, you name it. You don't have to be on a battle field to suffer the effects of stress and that student that is depicted in that photo as experiencing stress may be, in her own life, having a similar intensity of stress by her own definition as it relates to her life experiences.

    In other words what you might rate as being extremely challenging (i.e. stressful) may not have the same impact on me...and visa versa. For example you are very comfortable getting up in front a a ton of people and giving presentations. For me that would create a TON of anxiety for me. You do this frequently and are good at it. You might react differently than I to seeing someone who is acutely psychotic and aggressive (obviously one state doesn't mean the other is present but I have been in this situation several times over the past 14 years).

    Not trying to beat a dead horse here as my comment is more about my reaction to the image than perhaps what you intended comments to be about. None the less it is what struck me.

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  4. Aaron,

    I always appreciate your comments and I will completely admit that you opened my eyes to a different perspective of the picture.

    I still stand behind my original (poorly conveyed) point... That "I think a lot of folks like drama in their lives and in turn make mountains out of molehills. I also think doing that... Playing the "poor little old me" card is a serious disrespect to people who are infact in much more dire situations. Whether that be combat or starving to death or losing family members... Any number or things. I truly believe a lot of folks in the world need to "suck it up" and move on.

    That being said... I realize as well this doesn't apply to everyone and that people have different ability levels in comprehending and dealing with any specific situation... I meant no disrespect to the levity of anyones problems.... Actually I did... Some folks need to suck it up ... But I didn't mean for it to be a sweeping disrespect of everyone's issues... I nevermake those kind of statements or intended for them to come across that way.

    Thanks for taking the time brother... Your comments always make me think.

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  5. You make me think a lot as well which is why I always enjoy reading your blog posts and comments on FB. We aren't growing as individuals if we are unable to question our own beliefs, thoughts, morals, and dedications.

    I agree with the sentiment that some make mountains out of molehills. I also believe that those same individuals are the ones that air their personal crap all over FB. I have deleted "friends" on facebook for it because I think FB is absolutely the most inappropriate place to share marital problems, feuds with friends, hating on your boss, ect ect. Constant complainers drain me. Some people do thrive on drama and make their best efforts to suck everyone else into it. They are professionals at triangulating people...I simply choose to not participate :)

    I know that you care very much about others. There is not a shadow of a doubt with me that you do...you live as an example of selfless devotion all the time (coach, a big, raising community awareness, and most importantly being a parent). The problem with the photo I think is more a fault of what it sets you up for. It is telling you how you should interpret it. If the caption under the student read "This girl will be hiding bruises tomorrow if she doesn't get an A on this test" it would tell you something completely different. It's like any other message that we are bombarded by every day that makes an attempt at telling us how we should feel/think..including inspirational quotes :)

    In no way am I trying to take the attention away from the soldier that is under fire and most certainly under a tremendous amount of distress of which I hope I never have to experience. I am very familiar with "this person" as well.

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  6. one more irk about FB and this is more in response to Chrisine. The only thing I dislike more than the barrage of slogans and those pictures are the FB DJ's that post links to You Tube music videos every 3 seconds...LOL :)

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  7. Good lord...it's too early in the morning for me to think like you two...I do agree though that if that caption under the girl were different I would have a whole different perspective on this image.

    Ha!! I don't go on FB enough or pay enough attention to it to notice the constant YouTube videos but there are some that do that just as often on Twitter as well...I block out those feeds constantly.

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