Going on an internet hiatus is a great way to help you focus more on your inner self since it strips you of endless distractions. This is especially true if you are addicted to Facebook and keep on checking everyone’s status updates and their comments on yours every few minutes. Of course, just because you’re on Facebook does not mean that you have a Facebook addiction that you need to beat. In fact, Facebook does offer some interesting nuggets of wisdom for those who pay attention to such posts.
As part of a simple exercise, I did a quick scan of my Facebook friend’s posts yesterday and picked out some quotes which I thought would be interesting to share with you. With so many wise (and not so wise) quotes going around I thought that sticking to one topic would be better, and what better topic to stick to than discretion? After all, in this world of airing dirty laundry on Facebook, holding one’s tongue now applies not only to face-to-face conversations but to Facebook posts and comments as well.
So here’s the stuff I learned about discretion from Facebook.
Be careful with your words. Once they are said, they can only be forgiven, not forgotten.
How many times have you said something that you regretted later on? I sure know that for me, it’s more times than I’d care to remember. Now if only I can remember that before I open my mouth, my relationships with those I love would be a lot better.
Even Buddha himself tells us to hold our tongues and speak only at the right moment. So when should we open our mouths?
A famous Buddha quote tells us to do so only when it would do good. As Buddha said, “Do not speak unless it improves on silence.”
He also tells us that “Better than a thousand hollow words is one word that brings peace”, clearly telling us that helping keep the peace is one of the times that we should speak up.
Of course, realistically speaking, we talk not just to keep the peace but also just because we want to share the stuff going on with our lives. Well, if you are to do that, you might want to keep in mind the following quote.
“Talk more about your blessings than you talk about your problems.”
Doing this will not only help you keep a positive frame of mind, but will also make you more likeable in other people’s eyes. After all, there’s nothing as irritating as a constant whiner. Remember, no one wants to be with a Debbie Downer.
Last but not least, it is important to always be kind even if (or specially if) you want to do nothing more than set someone straight. In many instances it is still better to just bite your tongue and listen with an open mind.
Yes, it is true that “Sometimes it is better to be kind than to be right. We do not need an intelligent mind that speaks, but a patient heart that listens.”
So you see, Facebook can actually be a fount of knowledge…but only if you are mindful of the posts that you pay attention to!