I have written before about the dangers of Facebook. There are many ways that Facebook can be used negatively. Facebook can also be used positively. I like to use Facebook to post pictures of the kids so that my mother in law can keep up with her grand kids with the click of a mouse.
Today I used Facebook to gain perspective. I looked back at this date, May 29th, on my Facebook timeline. First I looked at 2012. On this day in 2012 I was in a much different place than I am today.
|With my son Lucas the day before my surgery|
One year ago today, I was heading into surgery. I was diagnosed with breast cancer and was having a lumpectomy to remove the cancer. I was also having a second surgery to remove my ovaries since my cancer was fed by estrogen. If that wasn't enough, I was also having surgery to remove and repair other parts that were damaged during childbirth.
|My daughter was just 11 weeks old when I went into surgery|
On this day last year, I did not know what my prognosis would be. I wasn't prepared to be in the hospital for 5 days away from my three children. I wasn't prepared for the weeks of radiation treatment that I would need in the weeks to come.
Looking back at what was going on during this day last year has helped me to gain perspective. Today I got really frustrated when an expensive product I ordered was defective and I had to send it back to the manufacturer. Reminding myself of where I was a year ago helped me to understand that today's problem was a small problem. I don't need to get stressed out over the small things. I need to ask myself, "Will this problem matter a year from now?"
I survived breast cancer. I can surely manage during these minor inconveniences in my life.
What were you doing a year ago? Did you complain about something on Facebook last year? Does it matter today?
Think before you post!
Do everything without grumbling or complaining.