Posts Tagged ‘Online Communities’

fitting in

I really liked this picture when I saw it on Facebook a few days ago, probably because it’s so true…many of as are very guilty of spending our lives trying to fit in with the crowd because we think that’s the right thing to do. When actually all God wants us to do is stand out from the crowd.

Let’s all try to stand out for Christ each day instead of blending in with the crowd.

I recently read the following quote on Twitter:

There are no mistakes in life, just lessons.

Yes, things happen in life that hurt and upset us, cause us to question life in general and even question God’s existence, but everything that happens to us, happens for a reason. It’s because there’s a reason for everything happening that we can never make mistakes.

I know that sounds mad as of course we make mistakes! However it’s through our mistakes that we learn, and through our mistakes we learn to put our full faith and trust in God to provide all we need in life…from the smallest thing to the biggest desire, God can, and will, answer them all.

I read the following quote recently on Twitter, and it challenged me:

We see not what we are looking at but what we are looking for – Unknown

It also reminded me of the following saying:

Sometimes we can’t see the wood for the trees

Yes, I found that both these quotes/sayings reminded me that sometimes we only see or hear what we want to, and not what is actual there/audible. We can often be most guilty of this when it comes to listening to God‘s directions or instructions for us, by pretending we don’t hear Him or convincing ourselves that it’s not really God’s voice we hear.

We must stay focused on reality and more importantly, focused on God, so that we see and hear His instructions for us. Don’t ignore what God wants you to do, as after all He knows best for you and has been looking for you to make a difference in His world.

No matter how much we try to always say and do only what God would want us to say and do, during times of great stress or anger we can all be guilty of saying something which the second we say it, we regret it…and those can often be the fatal words in a relationship.

I read the following statement on Twitter recently:

Be careful with your words. Once they are spoken, they can only be forgiven, not forgotten!

Doesn’t that just sum up perfectly what I was saying? Yes we should be very careful about what we say, particularly in moments of frustration or anger, as those are the words most likely to hurt or upset  the person they are aimed at, and in turn leave a lasting pain which they may forgive, but they will never forget!

I recently read a the following tweet on Twitter:

Have you ever had a memory that sneaks out your eye and rolls down your cheek

Isn’t that so true even of happy memories never mind the sad ones!

Even as I read that tweet the first time, I felt myself smiling and some pleasant memories coming back into my mind – some of them brought a tear to my eye as some of those memories involved my Dad and life as it used to be with him – as many of you will know my Dad suffers from dementia so life with him is so different now.

It also got me thinking about some friendships which for one reason or another have fallen by the wayside, but at the time had a huge impact on my life for the good.

Just because a memory results in a wee tear sneaking out and down your cheek, doesn’t make it wrong to remember. We just need to be wary of relying too much on our memories, as life is about living today and trying to make a better tomorrow.

In this last weeks, I’ve mentioned a couple of times that I’ve been hurt and upset about some things that were said to me. Things which were completely unfair and founded in nothing but guesswork, and that hurt! (see my earlier blog post entitled Why Oh Why and People!)

If you follow me on Twitter you may also have read one of my tweets from Monday evening when I stated that I’d had a really crappy day on Monday and hoped that my week would only get better…well I am glad to tell you that it did get better!

I just love how when you’re down and feeling really low, friends are there to pick you up and raise your spirits, helping you to see things from a different, more positive perspective. Thanks you my friends…you know who you are!

My working week was rounded off today by meeting up with a friend I’ve not seen for a while, for lunch. We had a good blether and a good laugh. It was just what I needed after some of recent events. Thank you my friend…you know who you are!

What I want to say about this is that I truly believe that having friends come along and lift you up when you’re at your lowest, is God‘s doing. He knows when we’re hurting, He knows when we’re in need, He knows when we need help and He alone is able to send us the help we need. Thank you God, for all you do for me.

Do you even know what a Tweet is?

Well a tweet is message posted on Twitter containing 140 characters or less.

I’ve been on Twitter for quite a while now, and can thoroughly recommend that you sign up if you haven’t already. I’ve made some really good friends on Twitter and from a work perspective I’ve also found a lot of useful Tweeters.

So if you’re just about to venture into the world of Twitter for the first time or you’ve already signed up but are struggling to understand some of the concepts, here’s a wee overview of some useful terms/features:

Twitter

Provides the ability to view and post messages of 140 characters or less. Your messages (tweets) will be viewable to all twitter users via the Twitter timeline (if you have a public account) or only to those who Follow you.

Follow

To follow someone means to subscribe to their Tweets or updates on Twitter.

@

Used to refer to the person/username that follows the @ sign. e.g. If you wanted to refer or reply to me on Twitter, my username is Dot12b, so you would type @dot12b. N.B. The username is not case-sensitive.

Direct Message

Also called a DM. These Tweets are private between the sender and the specified recipient

Hashtag (#)

The # is used to mark keywords or topics in a Tweet. e.g. If your tweet is about someone’s birthday you could add a hashtag of #birthday to your Tweet.

#ff

#ff is a commonly used hashtag (see above) which stands for “Follow Friday.” Twitter users often suggest who others should follow on Fridays by tweeting with the hashtag #FF

Lists

Groups of Twitter users that you have grouped together into a list definable by you. You can give your Lists whatever name you wish, and they can either be public or private lists.

Mention

This means including the @ sign followed immediately by the username (see also @ above).

Reply

A Tweet posted in reply to another user’s message.

Retweet (RT)

A Tweet by another user that you then forward so all your followers can see. Often used to spread news or share valuable findings.

Timeline

A real-time list of Tweets.

Unfollow

This means you stop following another Twitter user so that their Tweets will no longer show up in your home timeline.

 

So there you go, there’s my very quick overview of Twitter and how to use it. I hope it may be of use to you.

Happy Tweeting!