One of the lessons of life I've learned from my kids is that you always share your playlists with your friends. I guess it's like swapping cassettes when I was a teen, and then later, making mix tapes for one another. Or, more accurately for me, passing books around among your nerdy outcast squad (which, of course, we didn't call it then, but I like the juxtaposition of old and new there).
With all the downsides to social media---and I could give you a list long enough that it made me quit Facebook for a month last fall---it is an excellent venue for sharing playlists. It doesn't have to be just for the cultivation of a persona and a lifestyle that doesn't look anything like what's really going on in your life or your heart but is successful at stirring up FOMO and envy in followers (I hate to use the word "friends" in that context.). It can also be a place to share the words and images, ideas and principles, truths and convictions that resonate through the headset of your life.
On my social media "playlist", I try to take a few cues from the Apostle Paul (2 Timothy 4:13). I share:
These are the things you'll find on my playlist. What's on yours?
** Five Minute Friday (FMF) is a weekly event hosted at the website of Kate Motaung wherein participants are given a single word prompt every Thursday evening, which remains active for one week. How to play: write for 5 minutes on the thoughts, memories, impressions, reflections, aspirations, hopes, beliefs, convictions, or whatever, that that prompt word brings to mind. Set a timer, write without worry about spelling or grammar or typos, and stop when the timer goes off (no cheating). The rules are here. It's free, it's non-committal, and it's easy to participate, so come to the #FMFparty with me! This week, the word was PLAY. (Disclaimer: I usually start a piece according to the rules, and then it develops into a regular blog post.)
Laura England Miller