Keep Moving

Keep Moving

Yesterday afternoon in Sydney we experienced a gorgeous sunset.

Like, a ‘social media and radio and news bulletins lit up with hundreds of photos’ kind of gorgeous. Everywhere I turned, people were taking a moment out of their afternoons, right around the busy peak hour, just before dinner time, to celebrate a natural beauty.

It was a brief shared moment across a city of more than 4 million people. A city that often feels as though it’s losing its heart. Hundreds of thousands of us all stood together (apart) and enjoyed something just for the sake of beauty. It just felt a bit…special.

But then I started seeing other #sunset comments on social media:

“Geez, we get it. There’s a beautiful sunset. So what?”

“So glad to see my feed filled with #sunset photos. Not.”

Come on.

Are we so self-absorbed that we get annoyed at a beautiful sunset? Or even at people who aren’t us enjoying said sunset? I mean… Really? Are we that fond of feeling pissed off that we take aim at a particularly pretty end to a Monday?

I have to say, I’m seeing this more and more online. People engaging in negative behaviours that are not only completely unnecessary, but unhelpful and often detrimental to their own happiness (not to mention that of others).

Rather than skimming over something we don’t care about, or ignoring a status update that we disagree with, we are engaging and getting indignant and becoming easily offended, all because someone else has the audacity to think differently to us.

Here’s an idea: just keep moving.

Keep scrolling. Unfollow if you must. By all means, roll your eyes and sigh in the privacy of your own home.  But honestly, when it’s trivial stuff, just move on.

Part of slowing down and living a more contented life is stopping to pay attention to those easy-to-miss moments of beauty, but another part is knowing when to opt out of the crap. Knowing when to keep moving, when to steer clear of drama, when to ignore negativity or even just dissenting opinions. Particularly when there’s nothing you will say that will make one shred of difference.

There are absolutely battles worth fighting, but an over-shared sunset ain’t one. Nor is an inspirational quote, a movie trailer or a braggadocious (it’s a word – truly) selfie. Just keep moving.



30 Responses to Keep Moving

  1. Oh my goodness – I LOVED seeing all the beautiful sunset photos in my IG feed last night. They made me so happy (and jealous!)

    Yep, people really do need to ‘just keep scrolling’. Blurdy hell!

  2. You know… I think all of this negativity has always existed in people and has always been out there. It’s just that we have made conscious decisions to avoid these people by either not becoming friends or removing our selves from social situations that make us feel uncomfortable. Social media exposes us to so much more… Posts like these are wonderful for reminding us that the world isn’t full of negative jerks!!! Love your work Brooke x

    • I think you’re right, Lib. Social media is just the magnifying glass we’re all operating under these days, and it’s so much harder to filter those people out completely. Just being aware of it though helps a lot! xx

    • Such a good reason to opt out of FB. If these sorts of outlets aren’t bringing anything positive to our lives (or even if the positive outweighs the negative) it’s time to re-think its place. Agreed, Joanna!

  3. AMEN! I’m so tired of the negativity also! If I don’t agree with someone I just scroll on by. I don’t need drama in my life!

  4. Agree! That’s what I like about reading versus listening (radio) or watching (TV). You can just quickly skip past the negative and continue on to the positive!

    • Definitely, Cindy. In fact, I don’t do much of either anymore. I can’t remember the last time I watched the news (prefer to read the paper or get my news online) and the radio drives me mad with ads and crappy, shallow newsbytes, so it’s Spotify all the way here!

  5. I’m just a bit annoyed I missed it :( I could see the sky looking a peach colour towards the east out our bedroom window, but didn’t think to look outside towards the west.

  6. I try to avoid reading the comments section under most postings just because of the negativity and the trolls (your basic s*** disturbers). It makes you think carefully about how your wording in comments and replies could be taken by the viewer.

    • I know Cathy, I am the same way most of the time. When reading a news article or anything even remotely controversial, my motto is, “Don’t read the comments. Don’t read the comments!”

  7. I would love to have seen a newsfeed full of sunsets. What is wrong with people? I have been on a facebook “diet” because of the negativity and other nonsense…

  8. Well said.

    I should add that this gives me a new thing to be grateful for: except for my teenager, I rarely hear or see negative comments.

    (Yes, this does take some effort – it’s worth it).

  9. “Finally, bretheren,whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.”
    Phillipians 4:8 KJV
    ..thought this was fitting….