It was such a blessing to affirm over 100 people throughout August as part of my #AugustAffirmations initiative on Facebook and on my two Twitter accounts. In the past few weeks, I’ve had a few questions about my intent to the tune of “Great idea…what made you think of it?” or “Why are you doing it?”
The answer is quite simple: I felt that I was getting too self-centered on Facebook and Twitter.
Now a few of you may be wondering what took me so long to figure that out…haha. And I think that mediums such as Facebook and Twitter are egocentric in their nature.
But during our recent family vacation to Orlando, I decided that I wasn’t going to post much about our trip while we were there – partly due to safety, partly due to not wanting to come across as a show off, and mostly due to my desire to “lock in” on the family. Thus, I didn’t post a single picture from our trip until the day before I flew home, and I only shared a few status updates and tweets about the trip.
Knowing that I’d still be online a bit – whether it be to check work email or the latest hockey news – I came up with the idea of posting about other people instead of myself or my family. And thus, #AugustAffirmations was born.
The purpose was to recognize and truly affirm some of the wonderful people in my life – whether family, friends, co-workers, ministry leaders, musicians, athletes, writers, speakers, Canucks bloggers, or all of the above.
Simply put, we don’t affirm people enough. At home. At work. In ministry. Socially. In our often-narcissistic society, too many people focusing on building themselves up even at the expense of tearing others down.
Some of the people I affirmed wrote back with an affirmation to me. While appreciated, it certainly wasn’t expected. And it definitely wasn’t my intent. But I won’t lie: I love mutual admiration societies.
Therefore, I’m happy to announce that I will be continuing a similar initiative for the month of September (but only here on Facebook and not on Twitter) so I can continue to affirm and thank some wonderful people.
Given the new month, there’s really only one appropriate name for it: