Here we are again. Looking back over the past year, I’ve seen my circle become smaller and my social media presence withdraw somewhat. After nearly 20 years on the internet, I’m growing tired of it.
To those of you I have withdrawn from, I’m sorry for not speaking up at the time to explain why. To those who have withdrawn from me, I’m sorry for not noticing sooner and saying something. To those who I have kept close and who have kept me close to them, I am sorry for not being in touch more. Life has been busy, and emails and chats tend to go unanswered until I can catch a breath.
This past year, I have taken on to become more careful in my speech. To choose my words more carefully (or try to), and to not speak Lashon Hara, loosely translated to gossip. It is a daily struggle and sometimes, in conversation, I find I have nothing to say. If we have had a conversation where I have gone silent trying to find a safe topic, I’m sorry that I didn’t explain this better.
To those I left stranded on Facebook, I can only say that I was beginning to feel uncomfortable there, between politics, comments on politics and other topics that actually mattered to me, and the general wastefulness of the site. I have not deactivated my account, but I am there much less often these days.
We have reached a point in our collective history where our words, actions and choices have far reaching effects. The Internet makes it more so. Every thought posted without care and consideration for those reading it helps to divide us, not bring us together. Just something to keep in mind.
I would like to take this opportunity to wish you a safe and meaningful fast. i would like to also ask forgiveness for anything i did or did not do, said or did not say, unintended and ch”v intended (i’m human and i do have a temper. I admit it, though I am working on keeping it under control.) May the new year be blessed for peace, safety, security.
Gmar Chasima Tova