In a world reimagined by social media, there is an unspoken insistency and pressure to define, experience and validate life and individuality, based on the number of followers, likes, comments and shares one receives. This gross obsession with what is being shared by others, as well as this determination to measure value based on superficial viewings and the like, is creating a generation of people who are not self-determined; people who base their values and worth on how others react to what they have to say or share.
Now, don’t get me wrong because the issue is of course not as one layered as I have described above. I think social media is a revolution that has changed the way we receive information in ways that we could never have imagined before. I think it’s a great space to keep up with friends and family, and share highlights in our lives that we want other’s to keep up with. Needless to say though, there is this other demon to social media, that we as a society have observed and can clearly see is progressively driving how self-esteem is measured.
My point in sharing this blog article is to encourage you and me, to remind ourselves that as we peruse through our Facebook, Twitter, IG, Snapchat, LinkedIn pages, we should remember who we you are. Our measure as people is not determined by whether we are doing better or worse than the next person. Our measure as peoples comes from who we were uniquely created to be. There is an individuality that is unique and absolutely beautiful to each one of us, and it’s up to us to actually invest the time time in learning that, and running with it. The more time we spend imagining and reimagining the lives of others, the less time that we have to spend on developing ourselves, so that we can become our own individual, world’s greatest!
A friend of mind shared a profound story with me just a few days ago, and which was that one of the most successful men he knows, is as successful as he is, because he took the time to cultivate his growth and his own greatness. Time is one of the most valuable elements that we have as people, and the beauty about God is that He gave us the freedom to chose how we spend that time. As such, I encourage to spend time developing your greatest self. Spend time reading, spend time reflecting, spend time engaging with others on a one on one basis, get a mentor and mentor someone, grow yourself spiritually, and just continue to learn who you are. And from time to time, look in the mirror and speak encouraging words of life to yourself. Tell yourself that you are fearfully and wonderfully made, that you are the world’s greatest, that you are unique to your generation, that you are smart and beautiful and influential in all that you do. The more you spend speaking those words to yourself, the closer you will get to becoming your own individual version of THE WORLD’S GREATEST!
Unravel Away Artist, and ENJOY this old classic by the very own R. Kelly! The World’s Greatest!