Have you checked me out on Instagram? Not? I’ve been finding this Social Media platform most useful. Although I must confess, when I first joined I did so solely that I can ‘online stalk’ someone there too.
I mean that (online stalking) in the most positive light of those two words. Cause let’s face it; some online personalities literally ask you to follow them everywhere. Most of these people, who are obsessed with the collection of followers, usually label themselves: blogger, writer, social-media-butterfly or all of the ‘above’. You get the type?
In today's #SocialMedia filled world, this little snippet of wisdom is especially important to remember. Some of us, especially those with blogs are often so consumed with how many 'followers' we have. We pin our entire person on it. It gives us validation – or so is the perception. In essence this type of 'relationship' with #SocialMedia is very unhealthy, kind of like a toxic romanic relationship, which eventually brings us nothing but despair. Believing in yourself. Staying true to your own authentic nature and not giving up will yield much healthier results in the long run.
Any-hoe, I decided why ever not? After all, Instagram was the perfect platform for my new endeavor, which was to post one motivational picture per day. Alas, it was yet another New Years resolution I could not keep. Here we are a year and some months later and I’ve been getting back on Instagram. You could say I’ve newly discovered my cellphone camera. The truth is a bit deeper than that.
Inspiration is all around us. Instagram is a free, fast and easy tool to share that inspiration with the world. In a mission to have something to share on that platform, I’ve become more mindful of my surroundings. It is often the small things in life that we overlook.
Sometimes the inspiration does not come in a neatly wrapped photogenic scene. Sometimes a little editing or creation of a picture is required.
One crisp morning the very first words I heard as I switched on my car radio were these: “What are you waiting for?”
It is quite amazing what happens when we merely pay attention to our present tense moment. Yes, mindfulness.
The little angel figurine which hangs on my bedroom mirror ‘prompted’ me to share something, after I’d not done so for a few days. A newly discovered photo-editing app and a recently watched You Tube video lead to this snippet:
Perhaps this post is a change of perspective, you were not expecting.
No, it’s not all selfies up in there. As I said on a recent post, it is all about how you use a platform. In an attempt to look for the beauty in the mundane, some of my friends post stunning landscape, city-scape and nature pictures.
Glorious colours today – bright blue sky so shiny it might have just been washed, vibrant magenta blossoms lifting their glossy faces to the sun, and vivid leaves so green they might be squeezed for an elixir of all things that ever grow – branches trailing beauty above my head…because I remembered to look UP. Hope you find something beautiful today – share it here or tag me if you do xo #Beauty #Nature #Spring #Flowers #Sunshine #Sky #Happiness #Colours
So, what are you waiting for? Come check out @shiningseeds on Instagram and let your own surroundings inspire you.
*This post has been the seventh day of ‘it does not need to be perfect‘, a series currently running on this blog.
About the Author
Sarina often sat on the peaks of the dunes of Southern Africa watching the ocean tide drift in. A daydreamer, often dreaming up stories for lands somewhere over the rainbow. She is a mother, a wife, a blogger and an overall creative spirit. Above all, she is a human being.
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