As far as all social media is concerned, Facebook is my favourite
Followed closely by Instagram, then Pinterest.
For the pictures.
And the stories the pictures tell.
I love to scroll through my Facebook feed and look at the photos of my friends and family (and sometimes strangers) doing fun, wacky, and wonderful things.
But it does sometimes make me lament. Like when I see a friend’s gorgeous summer home overlooking the water. Or when I see a family member taking yet another fantastic cruise. Or when I see a stranger’s new fabulous hairdo and outfit.
I think, “Oh what beautiful lives they live. So full of fun and joy.” Then I compare to my own, and sigh, wondering why mine is not as carefree and filled with light-hearted pleasure as everyone else in my Facebook world.
Until someone commented on my Facebook picture
I had posted a photo of a lovely boat ride I had taken with my hubby. It was early evening and we were blessed with spectacular weather. I took a quick photo and uploaded to Facebook to share my pleasure with the world.
Two seconds after the picture hit the Facebook feed,
our boat hit a rock!
Our boat lurched and the propeller made some nasty noises. The engine gurgled and my husband’s fearful expression confirmed for me that we may not make it home. I prayed fervently as we slowly made our way across the lake to our dock. The engine quit just as we drifted in.
My husband’s silence led me to believe that this was not going to be an easy fix. Nor was it going to be a cheap fix.
Thank God my husband is a master of everything mechanic and was able to assess the damage, come up with a plan of repair, and work on the rebuild over the next few weeks.
All this to say…
What you see on Facebook is only a momentary snapshot into someone’s life. And only the snapshot that they want you to see.
Someone viewing my picture may think that my life is all carefree and filled with light-hearted pleasure. What they do not see — and I did not share on Facebook— was the panic, dread, and aggravation that came only seconds later.
Like all life lessons, this one has helped me to not take Facebook (or Instagram or Pinterest) photos at face value. They are only a glimpse, a brief glimmer, into one’s life.
We never know the full story. So take the pictures with a grain of salt. Give a thumbs up but don’t fall into the trap of believing that that photo captures the whole picture.