Beyond that people share all their aggravations and frustration with whatever is not right in their life. They share who, what, where, how and often, when, something happened they were clearly unhappy about! Ultimately, people share their grief about anything and everything that has them in a ‘tizzy’ for the moment. In some cases, the expletives are so bad, it’s necessary to delete the post because I don’t want to read (or have anyone else read on my page) what’s been written!
Yet, social media provides us with instant connection with friends and relatives we choose to stay close to. It’s a place to share photos and information others might find beneficial or at the least, interesting!
From the records preserved of Anne Frank, we know she spent time in concentration camps as a Jewish victim of the Holocaust. Her life was nothing short of horrific. She didn’t have “social media” to share her woes, but she did manage to keep a diary that brought her fame, after her death of typhus, in a concentration camp in 1945.
There are all kinds of quotes to encourage people to look beyond their own problems to the problems of others. It’s been said, no matter what you are going through, you can be certain somewhere, there is someone who is going through something worse!
I had a friend once who lived in the “woe is me” room nearly most of her life. It became more and more difficult to be excited to visiting with her because of her “doom and gloom” attitude. It seemed in her mind, she was the only one who was going through whatever it was she was facing at the time. Most of the time, her situation didn’t come close to being the worst case scenario. Mostly it was inconvenient!
I’ve seen the homeless on the street in the big city and I’m mortified. I’ve read about families who lost children or spouses in tragic situations. I know of a lady who accidently brought death on her own child and nearly lost her mind because of it. (I know I would have!). There are situations of abuse, addictions, severe health issues, loss of military men and women and police officers or other emergency personnel who leave families without a mom, dad, brother or sister and many other awful situations, along with the most recent hurricane victims!
We are live human beings, and problems are just something we are required to endure. No one is more or less likely to have problems than someone else. Problems don’t care about gender, race, wealth or lack of funds, how many material goods we own or how smart we are. It's the nature of life!
So I challenge you to consider your problems and consider Anne Frank. Could you have endured as she? Might you want to take pen in hand, like her and write exactly what you are going through, and leave it as a legacy so after you pass from this life, others can gain greater understanding of your trials and perhaps give encouragement?