What’s in a Meme?


Meme: an element of a culture or system of behavior that may be considered to be passed from one individual to another by nongenetic means, especially imitation.

I love picture memes. Funny memes, mind testing memes and  of course memes of the inspirational kind. Sometimes, however I think our minds can be like tumbleweeds blown in the wind when it comes to memes. “This is exactly me!”, then two days later, a polar opposite meme is posted and “This is exactly me!”.

I do at times, find myself totally zoned out on social media as I scroll through meme after meme after meme. Not that they are bad or wrong. Believe me, I love the ones that seem to speak directly to me. Though, they can be additional noise that keeps me from focusing on what my own personal values are. I wonder, instead of  Meatless Monday, could we go Meme-less Monday? Would we survive? I don’t know. My mind is too overwhelmed to start such a movement.

There are also those memes that seem to excuse inexcusable behavior. But the picture is so brilliant that it must be true, right? The meme that has me most concerned for my fellow sisters is the one that contains the following “If you can’t handle me at my worst, then you sure as hell don’t deserve me at my best”. You know what that says to most potential love interests? “Run like Hell!!”

I believe in memes. Still, while we read these “Inspirational” or “Deep” memes, we must consider if it resonates with our spirits. Is this our truth or the writer’s truth? Is it a message for me or possibly a loved one? Life is deeper than just a few short words, but sometimes we only have a few short minutes and so these memes do come in handy.

When we have the time, we might want to read a book written by the person who is being quoted if they are an author. Or find out the source of this belief and do some research.  There is often more to learn on the topic. We might find that we absolutely do not agree with the belief or we might find a whole new way of thinking/living. It is worth taking the time as an investment into our spiritual and psychological wellness.

I wish you all serenity in these turbulent days. The light in me honors the light in you. Stay Blissful My Friends – E

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