Thankful Thursday 22 April 2021

A Happy Earth Day, dear readers! May we keep the Earth green, from this day on!

I’ve made a decision earlier this week. I’m no longer sharing my political and ethical opinions on social media, especially the Happiness Box Project. I’m entitled to my opinion, just as you are entitled to yours, but I don’t have to share them. I don’t run a Political Box or Debate Box, but a project that focuses on well-being. I am sticking to that.

Why the sudden change? I was talking to a retired teacher friend and I confessed this to her:

Part of the reason why I’ve been mum about my feelings regarding celebrating criminals is because I don’t need a repeat of January 2019. Someone didn’t like what I said, so they tracked down my information and made a complaint to the library. Needless to say, I didn’t get that part-time promotion. That is why I get so mad, friend. No room for disagreements without people getting offended. My old friend was one of those types.

It was from Twitter, where I included no information except my blog link. I mentioned the library on a thankful Thursday post and someone contacted them. People are nuts today. I’m getting back to being a private person again. Honestly, yes, I created a page for my Happiness Box… but I don’t have to update it often. Blog will be kept to certain things.

When I was younger, I was told, “have an online presence! Post! Post! Post! The more you have a presence and the more you post, the more job opportunities!” Ugh, no!

I’m an introvert and I felt so ashamed of it when I was younger because people told me I’d never get a job as an introvert or as a non-driver. I internalized it and there was no reason to. Most of us should keep most things private or among close friends. If anything, all that I used to share probably kept me from more jobs than being introverted. That probably explains my irritability too. No more…

Anyway, on with the gratitude! I’m thankful for my faith community, family, and friends.

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Creator of the Happiness Box Project Initiative, a project where you write your happiness or gratitude each day, then open the box in the New Year. The Initiative is to teach joy and gratitude, to pass it on to others.

One thought on “Thankful Thursday 22 April 2021”

  1. Hi, Jessica Marie!

    Happy TT and happy Earth Day, dear friend! I enjoyed watching the animated P.S.A. video reminding all of us to recycle, conserve and do our part to reduce pollution. The greatest challenge lies in getting everybody on board and cooperating with these initiatives. We have become a nation of doubters, skeptics and people who drag their feet when it comes to change, even if it means saving the planet we live on.

    I think you are on the right track, dear friend. If you make your political views public on social media, you run the risk of people making trouble for you in one way or another. This might include a negative reaction from a current employer or an unfavorable impression planted in the mind of a prospective employer vetting you for a new position. It’s best to share sensitive information in private with close, trusted friends and leave it at that.

    Enjoy the rest of your week and weekend, dear friend JM!

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