I have realized that we have a "sphere of concern" and a "sphere of influence" in our lives.
Our "sphere of influence" is our small group of people in our life and it includes the real things we can influence. It is our immediate circle. It is our "people." It is our community.
But our "sphere of concern" is the things we are ... well ... concerned with.
Truthfully, those spheres should line up. They should be similar. They should be almost the same.
But for me, my "sphere of concern" has gotten way TOO BIG.
I truly believe, in my own life, this is due to the power of social media. We are so inundated with so much of people's lives. If we lived one hundred years ago ... heck even twenty years ago ... this wouldn't be happening. But social medial brings up close to so much more.
Twenty years ago, I only stayed in touch with people who wanted to stay in touch with me, and I wanted to stay in touch with. Marginal people would fall off of our radar. We would hear about sadness but only the sadness we needed to hear about. Not the sadness that just made us ... sad.
I have decided to try and make these spheres the same. The same size. Covering the same things.
I can't stop it totally. But I am narrowing my focus. I have plenty to focus on within my "sphere of influence." It's enough for me. I am a feeling person. And I just can't handle how much I am being asked to feel when I let in too much.
I am going to be writing more about this in the coming days and months. It has really spoken to me, and I feel convicted to make a change. I can't completely get off of social media as we use it often with our farm, our non-profit organization, and the homeschooling group I review for.
But so many of my friends are stepping back. They are getting off of Facebook primarily. They are having the same epiphany I am.
I am going to try to hit "pause" a bit and majorly slow down what is coming in. I am going to be eliminating visiting the Facebook "feed". I am not going to be going to extra websites that don't feed my soul only burden it.
I am going to narrow my sphere.
More to come. I'm still processing.