A lesson well learned

I’m constantly on the lookout for great quotes and words of inspiration that I can post on our Facebook page.  We encourage our delegates to ‘like’ our Page for daily sources of said inspiration, that way they can feel like they can continue the good work from their training.

The things some people put on social media are often put on in haste and without much thought which can lead to instant notoriety.   It is with in mind that I scroll very carefully through the seemingly never ending supply of inspirational quotes on the interweb.  Although, they do sometimes take on the mantel of the proverbial bus – none for ages and then 3 at once!  So, I ‘save’ the ones I like, to use when I need them.

However, I posted one just this morning “The happiest people in life are the givers, not the getters.” Once I’d posted it I started to think that maybe I didn’t actually like the quote.  I spent a few minutes trying to dissect why I had liked it at first glance but now no longer did, but couldn’t really put my finger on it.

The only thing that kept coming to me was that – I like ‘giving’!  In actual fact, I love it!  Whether it’s knitting for a charity, taking pet supplies to the local rescue centre or knitting a baby layette for a client.  I get a kick out of it.  It makes me feel good.  BUT, and it is an almighty big BUT, I always assume and hope that the person receiving – the ‘getters’ - feel good as well because, if for no other reason, they know that someone cares about them.  Now, I know that perhaps this is not the group of ‘getters’ that this particular quotes refers to but even so, it grated against me somehow.  I don’t want my ‘getters’ to feel bad, I want them to feel as good as I do!

So, to cleanse my soul I went searching for more quotes and came across this one -“The planet does not need more successful people.  The planet desperately needs more peacemakers, healers, restorers, storytellers and lovers of all kinds.”

I didn’t like this either.  Again, a first glance the sentiment is a good one and yet…!

The worst outcome – for me – from my post to Facebook today, would be for someone to visit our Page for the very first time and judge my post as a negative message.  So, even for seasoned social media users it is important to take a breath before posting to social media.  Instead of making someone’s day, I could have just subconsciously told them they are worthless.

Having suitably admonished myself I reminded myself that “Your best teacher is your last mistake.”