Anne Lamott,  Personal growth,  Photo stories

How will you spend today?

“Your problem is how you are going to spend this one odd and precious life you have been issued. Whether you’re going to spend it trying to look good and creating the illusion that you have power over people and circumstances, or whether you are going to taste it, enjoy it, and find out the truth about who you are.” ~Anne Lamott

Psychologists and researchers keep sounding the alarm: Social media abuse can inhibit our creativity, foster unhealthy competition, make us overly self-conscious, stir feelings of inadequacy, and fuel aggression — just for starters. According to these experts, we make some dubious trade-offs when our time is consumed by social media use.

Not that we shouldn’t use it at all, or enjoy a few of its perks.

But as Anne Lamott suggests in today’s quote, we need to reconsider anything that prevents us from “finding out the truth” about who we are.

“Social media has turned us into objects of criticism. Instead of looking at the world, we watch ourselves being looked at. Like celebrities stuck in the prison of fame, instead of controlling our audience, our audience starts controlling us,” writes David Perell in a thought-provoking article, “The Social Media Trap.” I strongly encourage you to read it, and I promise it won’t take too much of your time. ~CL

Throughout my career, I've worked as a book production editor, travel magazine editor, features writer, and weekly newspaper columnist. My award-winning lifestyles features and essays have appeared in many national magazines and anthologies, including Newsweek, Reader's Digest, The Christian Science Monitor, Writer's Digest, Victoria, Better Homes & Gardens, Bella Grace, and more. My weekly Sunday "Life Lines" column ran for 14 years in The Daily Tribune (Royal Oak, MI) and won a First Place (Local Columns) award from the Michigan Press Association. My essay collection, Writing Home, includes 93 previously published columns and essays focusing on parenthood and family life.

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