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DELETE FACEBOOK PROJECT: 5 MONTHS AND COUNTING

My mind has become pleasantly quiet as of late. 

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I still listen to music as I sweat on my Peleton bike, or walk outside with the hot sun beating on my face.

My time has increased as of late. 

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I still have the same 24-hours in a day. I still wake up early while it’s still dark outside and the house nice and quiet.

My desire for other activities has sky rocketed as of late. 

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I’ve always been kind of curious, but recently I’ve taken more aggressive steps pursuing new activities.

I trace much of this back to a decision while I was in the bathtub.

I was closing in on 1,500 or 2,000 friends on Facebook. I can’t remember anymore what the exact moment was. But something was off.

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Why did I feel the way I did? Sad, depressed. Could it really be from an app? Could it really come from a free social media site? If I deleted Facebook, what all of the people I would let down? What about all of the people I would disappoint by not posting encouraging posts? If I delete Facebook, my stats on my blog will also decrease?

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Would it be worth it? Would I regret it?

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I had already been down this path in 2016. Now I was back. Was I truly addicted? Had my EGO grown so much that the most obvious answer could no longer clearly be seen?

Once I was blind. But now I can see.

I needed to strike fast before I convinced myself not to. Instead of deleting…

  1. I began by unfriending everyone.
  2. This meant that even if I had a change of heart the next day, I would have to send friend requests all over again. OUCH.
  3. That would be embarrassing. And super time consuming.

Okay done, all were now deleted! WAIT? WHAT DID I DO? NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO…..

That was the battle in my mind.

The next day hurt as I hit DELETE. I thought I was done, but Facebook is never done. They give you 30 days before account is fully deleted.

NOOOooooooooooooo

Why was this harder to give up than drinking alcohol over 20 years ago?

GRIEF!

Fast Forward now.

5 months and Facebook is still deleted. Have I lost followers on my blog? YES!

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Do I still a little isolated from time to time? YES!

Do I regret not being on it? Only a few times! But otherwise, NO!

There’s a new world that awaits me. New projects. New ways to discipline myself even more. What about you?

Have you been trying to do less Facebook? I know your struggle. I can relate.

The best time is right now. Give it a shot.

It may change your life.

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I CAN DO… SO CAN YOU.

I CAN DO and SO CAN YOU. Life is all about having the right kind of attitude. We will face challenges. We have to decide how we will respond. Getting an ICD (Internal Cardio-Verter Defibrillator) in 2010 forced me to make a decision about my mindset. I decided that I CAN DO. What about you? Let's go. Check out my blog at www.icandoicd.com and my books on Amazon at www.amazon.com/author/benjaminlee.

9 comments on “DELETE FACEBOOK PROJECT: 5 MONTHS AND COUNTING

  1. Congratulations for staying off Facebook!😀 It feels so freeing, doesn’t it? I never noticed how much time people spent on Facebook until I was out of the house. Everywhere I looked, people were scrolling on their phones as there were walking (usually FB or IG) or they were using the campus computers to check FB.

    Now that you aren’t using FB, do you have a desire to use your smart phone? How do you deal with smart phone addiction? (I’m currently battling this one). I don’t even use social media apps and yet I’m checking my iPhone constantly. Mostly all of my apps are productivity apps minimized to one display screen, and often I disable safari. It would be interesting to know what your thoughts are about smart phones.

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    • Thanks for reading and your thoughts.
      -the phone itself is still a challenge at times. When I get home in the evening I turn it off for a few hours at a time. That helps. I would recommend that as well. I’m working on not turning to it as soon as i get up. A work in progress.

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    • How are your workouts been going? Did the journal help you out at all?

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      • I filled out the journal and have yet to write a review for it. I’m really slow getting around to things but it’s on my list of future posts to write. Thanks for being patient with me. 🙂

        Since I stopped using the journal, I noticed that I stopped journaling in my book too. But I think the hardest thing I’m dealing with now is not having the same motivation I had before – I used to post IG stories for my workouts but I’m not on IG anymore. So that accountability went downhill. I still workout though, 6 days a week. But shorter workouts. I hurt my arm a couple weeks ago so I’m still in pain. I reward myself with stickers on a huge calendar I have on my fridge now (not quite the same as IG stories lol)

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      • Great job! Sorry about your arm. Be safe! Rewarding yourself is very important. Be sure to do this. Buy a new outfit! Or A new dress, or shirt, new shoes, or workout outfit, or a short trip

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  2. Ha! You are STILL MY FRIEND, Benjamin! You are stuck with me FOREVER. Key word….FOREVER! Not FACEBOOK🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣 ! Woo hoooooo! True friendship will sustain without social media, indeed!!!!!!!

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  3. I use facebook less and less now, this post is wonderful. Thank you!

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