If you look at my Facebook page you might say I share too much, and that might actually be true! I have been on Facebook for over five years, and I remember when I joined there was a lot going on in my personal life. Both my health and my spirit took a deep plunge. My health issue made my family change, and we faced a few issues. Everything quickly became chaotic, so my husband and I agreed to work intensely on getting our family back on track.
During that time I realized that everything going on around me was going to take courage. I noticed that if I made myself vulnerable to friends or made myself publically accountable to achieve certain goals, I achieved them! Furthermore, I felt myself wanting to sink into a hole and never come out. I had to fight for my sake and my family’s sake not to do that. I just had this sneaking suspicion that if I did not fight this funk, I would never find my way back.
Then I realized I shared far before I began using Facebook. I shared knowledge; I shared stories that I thought would help others. There was hardly a thing that I would not share. The more I shared, the more I learned, and the more support I received.
Are you a closed-off person? I think we are all a little more comfortable with keeping things close to the vest … and with reason. Through my trials, I shared and faced betrayal; I shared and was mocked; I shared and made a fool out of myself; and I shared and made mistakes. It took me way out of my comfort zone and to others it might seem like it was not worth it.
Let me tell you why you should share:
- It makes you vulnerable. When you make yourself vulnerable to others, you become authentic. What you do and what people see match up.
- Sharing also makes you courageous. The more you share, the more you dare to go after your dreams. Why? Because even if you fail, it becomes a learning event. You’ll find that you don’t care as much because everyone already knows. You’ll also find that you get encouragement to try again.
- Sharing is inspirational. When I share, I find others tell their stories. The inspiration becomes the lovely cyclical exchange. You share and inspire others, and then you are inspired in turn.
- You gain more knowledge and wisdom when you share. When you practice transparency, you make some missteps. You learn what to keep to yourself. You learn things that you then pass on to others.
- The world becomes a better place when you share. I have not grown fond of more people than I have when sharing. I noticed the uniqueness of each individual, yet I am reminded how alike we all are.
- You get more love than you ever dreamed of. People fall in love with the real you. They look forward to talking to you and they feel love from you.
This does not mean that you become so self-absorbed. There is nothing worse than interacting with someone (be it on social media or in person) who talks only about themselves. Sharing yourself is a service to others that also benefits you in return.
It could be that I share too much, and I am not asking one to follow precisely in my footsteps. My husband keeps stuff close to vest yet I noticed that he is a lot happier letting people get a glimpse of who he is. Get out of your comfort zone and share. To share is to receive.