Somewhere along the road of going through my email in box, I ended up reading an article about the almighty “like” button. Some sites have a rate this article button. And of course the more likes, the more popular you are…right?
Have we really relegated ourselves to the level where our worth is decided by reactions on social media? How many various sites have we created accounts? How often are we rushing to check our latest post to see the reaction? How devastated do we allow ourselves to become, if the reactions are not as great as we had hoped? How envious do we become of those whose posts draw greater attention? Do we have the answers?
My son walked in from work one afternoon to find me muttering to myself. Foolishly he asked what was up. With obvious frustration I told him that I couldn’t figure out why that one day I had an incredible amount of visitors to my blog, but only that day. What was so special about that one day? The blogs themselves didn’t seem to be more special than others, in fact I thought I had written better ones. So why? What was different about that day?To which I then got schooled by my son.
“Mom, don’t worry about the numbers. Just write. Do what you enjoy and don’t pay any attention to the numbers.” Then he walked away before I could offer my “But………….”
And while I do understand why for some the numbers are important, such as those who monetize their accounts, I also understand his view. If you allow the numbers to become too important, then your craft will suffer. Because you will be too focused on the wrong thing.
I will say that it would have to be an incredible feeling to have something shared go viral. To know that a very large number of people saw something from me. But, I also think that going viral shouldn’t be the goal. If you write, or photograph, or sing, or what ever… from the heart; then reaching and touching one person, is just as special as going viral.
So while the almighty like button can be a tool to use, one that would inspire us to work a little harder, produce a little more, strive to be better, it is a tool only. It is not the mile marker of success. Because real success should not be measured from these outside results but inside.
It isn’t the one hundred, one thousand or one million followers that show your worth. It is the one individual whose life you changed. It is the individual who learned something new. It is the person who smiled a little brighter or walked a little lighter because of you.
Our self worth, isn’t measured by what others think of us. What we do, isn’t proven better by dozens of thumbs up, or a multitude of social media likes. The opinions of the masses can and often does change quickly. If you allow ego to create a pedestal on which to stand, one wrong move could bring you tumbling down.
Our self worth, should be built on using the gifts we have been given in ways for the betterment of those around us, and for ourselves. More often than we may know, when we honestly share our own struggles, fears, battles, it resonates with others and is a guide and encouragement for them.
Our self worth, should be built on what is in our mind. Our thoughts, our beliefs, our hopes. How we can take those, to create better.
Our self worth, should be based on what is in our heart. Our compassion, our hopes, our love.
Our self worth, should be based on the knowledge of our salvation and from which it comes. That it is God who has created us, made us special, made us in His likeness. A God who loves us, as He made us.
All of those reactions on social media are really unimportant in the long run. Having hundreds or thousand of followers, or friends, or subscribers is good in the fact that you may reach someone who really needed to hear what you had to say at that moment. Your words, songs, music, photographs, quotes, may be the one things that lifts them from a dark place. The important thing though, is to not allow it to be how you measure your worth. Because your worth is more valuable than that.