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  • George Samuels

How To Understand Your Story On Facebook

Cultural Animation isn’t all about animation – it’s about story, roots, and heritage. It’s about digging deep and looking within one’s Self (your own story) to bring out the reality of who you are, so that you can heal any past wounds, and create a compelling future.

One way of starting that journey in today’s digital age is by studying your Facebook timeline. Really? Well, most of us are used to posting status updates on the fly, and surely have enough recorded content on Facebook to include a decade or more of your life. Looking back through a week’s worth of data may be daunting enough, but thanks to Facebook’s intuitive User Interface, you can actually scroll back through time using their right view panel.

As you scroll back through time, check to see the updates, photos or videos that stick out the most. Highlight them. Be proud of them. Also notice any posts that elicit painful memories – stay with them. Your first instinct may be to delete them (and you’re more than free to do so – take this time to do some Spring cleaning if you want), but try to let those feelings rise to the surface. Once they do, forgive yourself, the event, and any other people involved. Forgiveness does not always mean an instant decision. Forgiveness can sometimes take time, but starting the process of forgiveness – being open to it – is a good start.

The process of traveling back through time on Facebook, and actually getting to see your Self in the form of data, is something we are very rarely able to do in normal life. We’re so used steam-rolling through the present, that we neglect to see the things from our past that need revisiting and healing, because the only way to heal is to first acknowledge. Many of us walk through life clueless to the effects of our past on our future – yet this is where so much wisdom can be drawn from.

Parents pass on their problems, and children pass on theirs – but only if they never choose to deal with them in their own lives. Some of these problems are hard to track or revisit because they stay glued inside the hearts and minds of the individual. However, on Facebook, many of these thoughts are captured there for your viewing (and for the viewing of others, but that’s another story). Make use of it. The reason why people find books so inspiring or informative is because they contain the thoughts of others from the past – and you can learn from them if you so choose.

Another great thing about Facebook is that you can also go back in time and highlight significant events, which you may not have realized were significant until later on in life. This is the “connecting-the-dots” benefit of looking back. Once you connect more dots, you can navigate your life more easily – not necessarily have an easy life – for the benefit of both yourself and others.

Try doing some of the above and let me know what you find out about yourself – shocking, embarrassing, joyous, pleasant?