What is your Facebook Image?

The snapshots of our lives frame our perspective of the world. We can fill our memory with all sorts of images.  Good, bad, indifferent. It is lucky for us that for the most part we have the freedom to decide what images make their way into our memory.

There are many reasons that facebook is such a phenomenon. To watch and review the movie you can arrive at a number of conclusions. One reason that is not often revealed is that we craft the story of our lives through images. We tell the version of the story of our life that we want to show the world. What images do you show? What is the story you tell?

When we have lived experiences we make memories. In an effort to both capture that experience for ourselves and to try to share our experience, we create mental snapshots of experience. We know that lived experience is richer and fuller than a photo. We feel compelled though to tell others about the best that has happened to us. When we see something new, reflect on that and learn from it, we want the world (or at least our fiends) to know about it.

Our news media shows us more than enough images of what needs fixing in our world. To an extent that is a good thing – but rarely do any of us sort our “facebook image” of our lives by what needs fixing. We show the world what is either right and sweet, or innocent and good or fun and silly. We show the world our laughter and our humor. Through experience we make memory and through images we tell the story of our lives.

Every time you walk in a community, laugh, listen, run with a child or hear them speak to you, make a memory for yourself and for others.

I get to hear about these memories every day. It is life giving to be witness to the very best that each of us has to offer. Throughout our lives there are countless Kodak moments. Snap that mental photo, fill your memory and display those images for others to see – not necessarily only on facebook but more – in the way you live your life.

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