Just back from a fab birthday lunch (not mine) with three of my best ff’s and I find myself scrolling through Facebook. I can see zillions of ‘Happy New Year’ posts, and I’ve received a chunk of ‘forwarded’ pre-composed, private messages; some from people I hardly know (I have lots of FB contacts who follow my blogs so I never refuse friend requests unless I deem the request to be ‘odd’).
Thinking about the pro’s and con’s, Facebook is so easy to use to send messages – whether it is HNY or Happy Christmas/Hanukkah/Birthday, etc. etc. I guess this could be listed as a pro, but…does anyone ever phone anyone any more? Do we actually call people and say ‘Happy New Year’? Or do we leave it all to text and FB messages? If so then that’s a con, surely?
I am really happy to get a phone call (even if it wakes me up at 1am on 1st Jan!) and I am happy to get a personal message or read a public post simply saying, ‘Happy New Year’. What I am not so keen on is those pre-composed texts.
One ‘Happy New Year’ text (and I am guilty of pressing ‘forward’ myself, before checking it properly) reads ‘I ensure you my dear…’.
It should read ‘assure’ – and that is not the only error.
This has reinforced my (lapsed) decision not to forward/copy and paste any FB posts/private messages ever again. I really dislike them anyway – they remind me of the old, ridiculous, peer-pressure-driven, ‘Chain Letters’ of my youth. Yuck!
On a brighter note, I wish you a Happy, Healthy, Peaceful, Fun, and Decisive 2017!
Why decisive? Because it is time everyone said ‘Goodbye’ to ‘Indifference’.
In our post-modern world I believe too many people are less decisive than ever – too many times I hear, ‘I don’t mind’, or, ‘It’s up to you’. I wonder if this lackadaisical attitude is because they don’t want to take responsibility – or the speaker is just indifferent to whatever is being discussed?
So, for me, 2017 is going to be a year of less indifference and more decision-making.
2017 is going to be a year of not ‘putting up’ with (the very few) people in my life who I find obnoxious and rude.
2017 is going to be the year I reach the age of sixty.
2017 is going to be the year I graduate.
2017 is going to be the year I make it: A year of celebrations, of peace, of fighting the causes that need to be fought, of adventures, and of inclusiveness – talking of which, if you are anywhere near us (check Facebook for updates of where we are as we travel) knock on the boat and come in for a drink – coffee, tea, alcohol – and a natter.
I look forward to seeing you sometime soon…socialising is one of my favourite hobbies. Perhaps it’s A Girl Thing?