I originally called this exercise a #karmacleanse, but then I remembered that purposely using the wrong letters to be cute annoys some people and god knows I wouldn’t want to annoy anyone and have them sarcastically tweet about how “Some people think they’re so clever using two ks.”
The level of back stabbing and gossip and PATs (passive aggressive tweets) online is astounding. Whether you choose to participate or feed into it is totally up to you though. If you swim with sharks, you’re bound to get bitten. This is why I prefer adorable dolphins and whales and of course super cute seahorses.
I manage the social media end of things for several brands which means I’m kicking around on social media a lot. I am fully immersed in it — the good, the bad, and the downright ugly. The downright ugly seems to have exploded lately. I’m looking at you, trolls.
This ever growing negativity doesn’t just exist online. It’s everywhere—at the grocery store, in the park, in the school parking lot, on television, in the news, in magazines. We can’t seem to get out from under the heavy black cloud of negative ions (science thingy) hanging over our heads.
And what’s hanging over MY head? Not a halo. I am no angel, but I strive to be. Hence the need for the occasional Karma Cleanse.
Negativity and mean spirited banter is contagious—mob mentalities take over. It’s instinctual. I think I learned that in science class too. Some call it venting; healthy in some ways, but I call it enough already.
It’s hard enough trying to stay happy and focused without taking on the myriad of issues (both real and imagined) of others. That’s why taking a break is necessary. After a catty chat (which is WHOLLY satisfying in its juiciness at the time) I feel small. And guilty. And if I’m gossiping, what are people saying about me?? Nobody likes a mean girl. Unless you live in Hollywood where mean girls seem to be rather fashionable.
Last year I had one of my ridiculous, go-nowhere-hair-brained-schemes. I was going to market ‘Bitter Beads’ — to be worn on a bracelet or strung on a Negativity Necklace. Oh yes, I had it all worked out. The beads could be snapped off or slid over every time you said or did something negative; the goal being to get through an entire day without losing a single bead.
Bitter beads aside, here’s what I’m doing this week for my Karma Kleanse (screw it, I’m using two ks!). Feel free to join me!
Karma Kleanse How-To:
- Commit to giving this your best effort for seven days.
- Do not start if there’s a party coming up and you plan on drinking heavily.
- Avoid gossip or catty behaviour for the entire week.
- Do not click online links or participate in any URL or IRL chatter that is negative or mean or bitchy or rude.
- Do not watch The Real Housewives of any city (I’m struggling with this).
- Avoid all things tabloidy.
- Look (Really look! Put on your reading glasses if you have to) for the positive in any given situation.
- Don’t yell at other drivers or flip them the bird (struggling here too).
- No muttering under your breath. Own what you say.
- Be grateful for what you have. There is always something to be grateful for.
- Be kind whenever you can.
- Be generous.
- Include others as often as possible.
- Lead by example.
- Let it go.
- Dole out sincere compliments.
- Before you make a critical comment, stop and ask yourself why you feel the need to do so.
- Be honest.
- Live and let live.
- Cut out the drama. Unless you’re in a play, then really go for it. 🙂
- When people try to suck you in (and they will) hang up the phone, plug your ears, run away — do not engage!
Kheers to good karma! Okay, that didn’t work at all. Sometimes two KKs really isn’t cute.