Bragging Rights?

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The Google Plus ‘About Me’ page has a section called ‘Bragging rights’ where you have the opportunity to showcase your talents, skills and successes.

It’s ridiculous the way we humans love to boast and receive admiration.

Everyone’s become obsessed with how many Likes they get, followers they have, +1’s they receive, re-pins that occur, tweets re-tweeted and of course, how many ‘friends’ they have.

It’s like we’re all on this massive ego trip to outdo and outsmart everyone.

Who cares what people are having for lunch or where they are right now as I speak? Do I really need to see a photo of their steak and chips? Did they really need to get their camera out while eating?

There are two braggie things which annoy me the most:

  1. People posting pictures of meals they are eating as if they want the world to know they have a fantastic social life and a great taste for restaurants.
  2. Pre-teens who boast to their friends about their latest smart phones and tablets. Who is a 9 year old going to have a conversation with and what have they got to say that is so important? But they are copying us adults, thinking it’s cool to be proud and a total show-off.

And why do people who have never, ever worked with me, endorse me for skills that I’ve never accomplished? On LinkedIn, I’m often endorsed for fiction writing – I’ve not written a story in my life. It seems that people do that because they are wanting me to do the same back to them – make false claims about their skills to make them look good. Who are we trying so desperately to impress?

The only thing all this trumpet-blowing proves is that we have become a world of insecure folk who can’t handle reality.

Nobody has anything of any worth unless they have Jesus and he was the most humble person who ever lived.

So…

*Instead of boasting to people we hardly know about how many friends we’ve got, why don’t we seek out the lonely and befriend them?

*Instead of boasting about what we are doing and the great places we’ve been to, why don’t we trundle down to the ghettos and give a homeless person a hearty meal?

*Instead of boasting about the latest gadgets we’ve acquired, apps we’ve installed and functions our devices have, why don’t we look for people who have less than us and bless then with one of our 30 pairs of shoes?

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12 thoughts on “Bragging Rights?

  1. Amen, sister! …………….. You have 30 pairs of shoes?!? Wow! 🙂 ……………. Great ending too, but if I may beg to differ, my friend, I think you HAVE written stories. I recall some of your posts with plays you have written and a lot of work was put into them too. ……….. Just saying is all. You are SO right in saying that our lives are nothing except for our wonderful Savior. Amen to that too. Hugs and blessings, Debbie 🙂

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      • Oh, so you were taking “artistic liberties” with the shoes thing. My duh! lol. I was feeling rather playful this morning. I hope I didn’t offend you in any way. I like your stories and didn’t want to see you discredit yourself. I think you must be very fun for Anwar and your daughter to live with. I hope they know how blessed they are. 🙂

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      • Thank you for your kind words Debbie. I am not offended at all by your words – I always love hearing your spin on things. Sometimes replies can sound cold because we don’t hear the person’s tone of voice or see their smile as they are typing. 🙂

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      • That is so true. My daughter and I have been learning that about each other too. She has 4 girls all under the age of 9 (3 are 5 and under) and when she gets stressed, she sounds so angry. We have had to learn to clarify things with each other pretty quickly. lol. …………….. I am always smiling when I read your posts and answer them. Hugs to you, friend. 🙂

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  2. Another reason I came off Bragbook (as a friend of mine calls it.) Nowt wrong in seeking approval and a bit of praise but we are turning into a species who cannot enjoy a pleasant moment without … shoving it in everyone else’s faces! xx

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