A Massachusetts woman is on unpaid leave from her job after posting an offensive photo on Facebook.
I could lecture about privacy settings but it is Thanksgiving so let's skip that. Instead let's recognize our reality. Your private ad public lives are now the same. When I was diagnosed with cancer it felt like a big red C was painted on my chest. I worried about losing my job just to show how crazy one gets when hearing this kind of news (lol).
Once I got my mind fully wrapped around CANCER I understood some "new" realities. New in quotes because they were always there I just didn't think about them. Those new realities included:
* Your job is not who you are.
* Your career is going to do what it is going to do.
* Focus on helping and learning & everything will be fine.
* Don't be a jerk.
* Your life is really about friends, family and helping.
* You won't realize what your life is about until about 50.
* Pray that once you realize what life is you have TIME.
* There is never enough time or money.
* There is always enough time and money.
* You always already have everything you need.
Those last few bullets are confusing and self contradictory and so much like LIFE (lol). Being an Internet marketer teaches valuable lessons such as there is only one time NOW and "reality" is always modeled (constructed by our minds and beliefs).
Buddhists believe if you see Buddha you must kill him. Mortal beings can't see Buddha. If you see Buddha it is false so kill it. It is easy to spend a life chasing after false things (believe me lol). Don't judge yourself harshly since how you treat yourself is how you will treat me and everyone else (read Pema Chodron for more on this).
In the end, don't post goofystupid pictures to Facebook not because that act could get you fired but because such an act is an expression of a headlong chase after a false god - the god of social acceptance before personal acceptance.
I write more all knowing and smart than I live (by far), but I recognized my private and public lives were indistinguishable when I heard "cancer" and my name in the same sentence. This is why I speak freely about having cancer. Yes all of that information could keep me from getting a job or finding the 2nd Mrs. Smith, but that is all good.
Eckhart Tolle saved my life.
Reading A New Earth while hooked up to chemo for the first time, and one's life doesn't ever get lower in some respects than that, Tolle said, "Whatever IS happening is what is supposed to be happening". The magic of that sentence helped me relax, accept and love. Hope it does the same for you this Thanksgiving.