“Like” buttons are used so flippantly. Do you really think a blog is funny? Click “like”. The writer will be ecstatic. Do you really think the Facebook eCard joke was humorous? Click “like”. You’ll send the message that you appreciate the little joke. Do you really think that the picture of the puppy was cute? Click “like”. You animal lover, you. Do you think the post was boring/ignorant/stupid/mushy but it was posted by a friend? Click “like.” Everyone needs a loyal friend.
Do you really think that the comment on the strife in Baltimore was timely? Click “like”.
Did you actually read the article in the New York Times about the Mistrial in Baltimore’s Porter Case? No matter, click “like.” You’ll seem politically savvy, well-read and knowledgeable about current events.
What if we had a “like” button for our life decisions? ❤ I love it. Oops, I mean “like” it.
But what if a decision reflected a poor personal choice? A definite “dislike.”
At work one day, I wrote and sent an email in anger. Within 30 seconds an administrator flew into my office and I got a verbal bashing. Click “dislike.” What about yelling at my child because he/she mildly misbehaved but I was tired and in a foul mood?
All of the above examples are fairly minor. They show some personal shallowness, which we all demonstrate occasionally, but are mild and universal.
But what about bigger decisions? Making a decision that is hopefully right for you but will break someone’s heart. Agonizing about your parental decisions. Feeling guilty about personal choices that go against ingrained religious beliefs. Being horribly conflicted about abortion. Making the decision to change your life path towards or away from sobriety. Making a job change. Putting your family first.
I must accept the natural consequences of my behavior. I must strip away all the mental and emotional clutter to the basic act of making conscious decisions with my conscience as a guidepost.
I need a personal “like” button.