I‘m Facebook friends with a former radio journalist turned PR pro. She shares almost nothing on Facebook, saying, “I’d rather report the news than be the news.”
I don’t get it.
A relative of mine does not have a Facebook profile because, as she says, “My life is not interesting enough to share it with the rest of the world.”
You’ve got to be kidding!
I am privileged to know lots of people. They represent rich diversity of age, race, religion, politics, economic status, education and even personality. Yet, they all have one thing in common: Each has an incredibly interesting life and each has a unique story to tell.
In college I remember a guest lecturer looked across the room where a hundred or so of us had gathered. Decades later I’ve forgotten his name, but his words remain etched in my mind. He said, “The biography of every person in this room would be a best seller if written by a good writer who knows you well enough to tell your story.”
Those words have ruminated in my mind for years. It’s a powerful concept to think that my life story could be a best seller. Your biography would also be a best seller! Seriously!
Each of us has an incredibly interesting life story. Sometimes here on the day-to-day, pedestrian level our lives may seem mundane or perhaps uninteresting. I deeply believe, though, that God created each of us with diverse talents and placed us where we are for the higher purpose of serving others. There’s nothing mundane about that.
I refuse to believe that your life is dull.
I would never argue that Facebook is the right platform to tell every life story. But I’m not buying the lame excuse that you don’t share because you have nothing to say. My “BS detector” is calibrated to see through such trite excuses. If you chose to be quiet on Facebook, you’ve got to come up with a better reason than, “I don’t have anything to share because my life isn’t that interesting.”
Trust me on this: You live an interesting life. You have a unique voice. You have something to say that only you can.
Are you willing to share? Will you speak up? Will you join the conservation?