One of the “advantages” of technology is that you don’t have to put up with people or content that you don’t want to hear. You can just click the “ignore” button and it all seemingly goes away. You don’t have to deal with it, think about it or respond to it. Don’t like the email you got? Junk it. Don’t care to respond to that text…ignore it. Is someone trolling you online? Go some place else… When there are billions of options to choose from you can pretty much find your niche of people in a little corner of the web who agree with you and where people pretty well get along. In life there aren’t billions of options…instead, people are placed in our lives and we have to deal with them. Some are so graceful and easy and others are a lot more difficult, even mean sometimes. You can’t ignore them. You can’t blog them. You can’t push a button and make them go away. The internet is not the best resource for growing your patience, learning to put up with people you disagree with or a great classroom for being kind. The real world gives us plenty of opportunities to grow in those areas if we are willing to engage people, even those we disagree with, in kind and loving conversation.
For many years, my in-ness or out-ness varied moment by moment…even second by second based on how well I performed