If you are on social media, you will know that every app has its filters. A filter to change the background of your photo. A filter to make you ‘look’ better. A filter to create a funny overlay on your face. These filters were created to supposedly ‘better’ yourself, but are they really? Or are they simply a filter façade.
Adding filters to your selfies isn’t important, but adding them to your thoughts is… Shilpa Goel
I love this quote [above]. Here’s why…
The public persona of the world emphasizes the perfection of our posts and selfies on Instagram, Facebook, Tik Tok, Snapchat etc. If you take a picture on any of these apps and you can then scroll through roughly 25 different filters, as well as edit features like brightness, contrast, structure, fade, highlights or shadows that would (in the opinion of Instagram) better yourself and your post. Instagram is just an example, but all social media platforms have these options. There are also enhancing filters which add sparkles, animal features, hearts etc. There is no realness, uniqueness, or in the moment capture to the social media world today. A filter of fakeness, a filter façade has taken heat.
Sidenote: I am told by my children that there is a new social media platform that is all about no filters “Be Real” So…. Someone was thinking along the same idea as I was.
What if we looked at a different way of using filters? What if we instead of filtering our outward self – we filter our inward self?
What would that look like you ask?
What about filters for what we say? Filters for what we see? Filters for what’s on our hearts?
How would the world be if you started putting a filter on what comes out of your mouth, what you focus on (your thought process) and what is on your heart?
There is a saying – What comes out of your mouth is what is on your heart. Actually – that is a verse (Matthew 12:34) The mouth speaks the things that are in the heart. And, more of us should live by this verse.
Imagine what your life would be like if you started filtering your heart. Only thinking good thoughts. Squishing all of those bad, negative remarks that have snuck inside of it. Imagine what your life would be like if you then did not voice those remarks or negative thoughts. Imagine your life if you started filtering your words to be only positive and uplifting. Words of love and happiness.
I saw a saying the other day:
You can rewire your brain to be happy by simply recalling 3 things you are grateful for every day for 21 days.
If we all started filtering our insides imagine what our friendships would be like. Our marriages. Our relationships with our family and co-workers. Many in today’s society think it is ok to just voice your thoughts and opinions without any regard of others.
I was always taught that if you didn’t’ have anything nice to say, don’t say it at all.
So, I challenge you this week. If you have a journal or a day planner. Start today your 21-day challenge of filtering your thoughts and words.
Each day, start your day with writing down the following:
- 5 things you are grateful for
- 5 things you love about yoru spouse (best friend, child, or boy/girl-friend if you are not married)
- 5 things you want to say to others that day
Then, go about your day fulfilling those 15 tasks. If you accidently slip up and a negative thought or word pops into your mind or out your mouth. Immediately tell yourself to trash it. Then, at the end of the day, empty that ‘trash’ just like you would on your desktop/laptop. Clear your trash so you can start fresh the next day.
You will be amazed at your transformation by day 21:
- You will feel more clear headed
- You will feel lighter in spirit
- You will feel at ease with speaking positivity to others
- Your heart will be less heavy and more full of love
- You will have broken the chain of repetitive negativity that was outpouring onto your family and friends and even into your social media posts (if you look back you may notice you were posting more negative events, but now you are posting loving, funny or positive events).
If you need help or encouragement during your 21 days, please feel free to click below. I am here as a confident, as an ear to listen, as an encourager to uplift you, or simply as a friend. Let’s break the filter façade and bring on a fervent filter (having or showing great warmth or intensity of spirit, feeling, enthusiasm; glowing. Start glowing today with your positive loving thoughts and words. If you are on social media, turns those posts, pics and selfies into something that will make you glow with great warmth, love and positivity.