Al (Fox) Carraway is an LDS convert, blogger, award-winning speaker, and author of multiple books. She’s also pretty amazing at using social media to share positive messages.
But sometimes she just wants to be done with it all.
In a post on Facebook, she shared the following glimpse into her heart as she struggles with the desire to share goodness because of all the negativity that abounds.
“I’ve been wanting to quit social media every day the past long while, for too many reasons. I’m just tired…tired of the negative things happening (not to me, just in general) & tired of what online has become & how it’s effecting how people live or view themselves or spend their time.
I’m tired of people thinking they are entitled to certain things b/c of the number of followers they have & tired of this endless feeling of that everyone has to entertain or impress others. And tired of people judging your integrity just by a single post online.
And I’m tired of seeing good people get caught up & distracted with things that don’t matter. But last night during women’s conference it hit me again, as it always does: if we don’t share light, who will?
I know there are crazy things happening online & even crazier things happening in the world—I know how easy it is to get discouraged & to do that all too familiar dance with the adversary.
How easy it is to let mean comments about your life dictate your happiness. How easy it is to compare. How easy it is to doubt the effect of our efforts & want to even keep trying again.
But, if we don’t push through & share light, who will? If we let whatever it is stop us, where would glimpses of hope & the spirit be amongst the sad & the hurtful & negative things both online & off in the world?
We cannot let giving up be an option. Because what we do matters. It is needed. Because ‘sharing goodness’ isn’t just a hashtag, it’s a movement. A movement & a reality to help brighten, strengthen & SAVE.
I hope we all take time to reevaluate & make sure we’re doing the right things for the right reasons & doing things that make us happy & that truly matter.
Because if we don’t, who will?”
As you can tell, Al has a heart of gold. We hope she finds the strength to overcome the negativity and continues to be a brilliant light in a dark world.