Integrating Myself

Integrate: to combine (one thing) with another so that they become a whole.

Today I’ve been integrating my various personae on the internet. Before linking my photo website to this blog and other social media accounts, I added the subtitle “Faith, Hope. Love.” It made me re-think the snarky tweets I’ve made on Twitter this year. Are they consistent with a peace-filled, Christ-centered life? No. That’s why they’re presently being wiped clean via TwitWipe.

In yesterday’s yoga class, the instructor suggested we consider three things before speaking. Is what I’m about to say truthful? is it kind? is it necessary? Since Trump’s election, most of my Facebook posts have failed to meet these criteria. They’ve been fueled by rage, despair, and fear.

I need to integrate my faith and commitment to social justice in a way that would please both Christ and Thich Nhat Hanh.


Author: Marcia Krause Bilyk

Marcia, a writer and photographer, lives in rural New Jersey with her husband and three dogs: Wally, a therapy dog, Lola, his half-sister, and Godric, a rescue from Louisiana.

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