Social Dilemna

Let me know what inspires you on social media! — Or have we forgotten that one of the reasons we go there is to be inspired by the lives of others?

Pastel on paper, 30*42 cm – Fall 2021

Last July and for the whole month, I stopped going on Facebook. It had taken too much of my time (and energy) and I came to the realization that those hours were mainly filled with not much, if not nothing. That month was a turning point: I understood that I had needs that had to be fulfilled if I wanted to feel good and positive. These were quite simple: to be outside in the daylight (especially since I am a bad sleeper) and to move and do sports.

Simple, but not necessarily easily met until now. Indeed, even if I always practiced a physical activity, it was generally indoors (which doesn’t make much sense while living in Tel Aviv) and required equipment or a certain setting. Reading the book “Movement Matters” by Katy Bowman brought the idea of ‘stacking’ needs in one activity: for example running outside in the morning would answer my needs perfectly. And this is how I started running on the beach and practicing handstands in the open air but also taking my book to the park, stopping on my way to the studio for a 10 minutes vitamin-D boost sunbathing on a bench.

During that month I also worked on building my website and soon realized I needed Facebook to publish it. Back on the platform, I was still myself, but now my interests were clearer and more demanding. They include wellness, inspirations and aspirations, self-purpose, authentic conversations, and generally a crave for empowering personal stories. Yet, the algorithms of Facebook hadn’t processed that change and continued feeding my wall with contents that bored me to tears.

I have to add that being off social media is not an option for me: I need these platforms to publish my works and last year has shown me that Facebook is a good tool to connect with potential clients. But I need and crave for some good CONTENT. I believe there is a way to make these hours spent in front of the screen worthwhile and enriching, if only we had more control over what to be fed with.

So, recently I started following blogs and podcasts that open my eyes (and ears). They talk about ways to live a meaningful life, to be inspired, but also to reflect on our society, stop wasting energy and gain a sense of clarity. I am sure everyone can find something there to carry home and who knows maybe a mini-seed will be planted and create some change in the future.

Here is a list of my latest finds:
– Rich Roll – I cannot get enough of his “conversations
– Good Life Project (Jonathan Fields) and his intimate podcasts
Daily Musings by Alyssia Marie
– Katy Bowman Nutritious Movement

I’m throwing in a few books that keep me awake at night:
– Born to Run by Christopher McDougall
– Movement Matters: Essays on Movement Science, Movement Ecology, and the Nature of Movement by Katy Bowman
– Dopamine Nation: Finding Balance in the Age of Indulgence by Anna Lembke
– Chatter: The Voice in Our Head, Why It Matters, and How to Harness It by Ethan Kross

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I am genuinely interested to hear from you: what do you do on social media, who you follow, do you have links to share that you find inspiring, engaging, uplifting .. you name it? Leave a comment below and let’s inspire each other!

Love, Ethel

6 thoughts on “Social Dilemna”

  1. Pour moi, mode de communication de vieille… Suis heureuse de constater ton retour aux fondamentaux et t embrasse Nicole

    Ps: très réussi ce pastel on paper!

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  2. Recently I joined a few Facebook groups relevant to my blog. I have done the same for LinkedIn. Social media can be quite helpfu, no, VERY helpful. But only if if you understand the algorithm of each.

      1. Same here. I’ve just been posting on groups. LinkedIn is even worse.🤦‍♂️

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