I love Pinterest.
So much so that whenever I do something creative or make a new recipe the first thing the kids ask is “Mommy, is this from Pinterest?”. And 99% of the time the answer is an enthusiastic YES!
If you don’t know what I’m talking about and this is the first time you’ve heard of Pinterest or thought I just don’t want to do something else that ties me to the computer just stop one crazy minute. If there was ever a reason to be glued to your computer screen this is it.
Let the magic happen.
Because you will thank me when you don’t have to use more brain cells to come up with that last minute teacher gift or toddler craft.
Or history lessons.
Or make-up tutorials for dummies.
Or decorating for the holidays.
Baking for a crowd.
Finding a new hairstyle.
Encouragement for the day.
Super adorable dog shaming pictures.
Dream home ideas.
Remodeling before and afters.
Oh sweet heaven it is a one stop shop of brilliant ideas that will make you a rockstar either in your home or in your own mind. Either way you’re good.
Here, within our four walls it’s my job to be creative and I’m okay with that. Now. Before I would fret and wonder how I would find a way to keep my two-years-old twins busy during our first homeschool year. Or when I’d bookmark a recipe and go back to find it, only to spend way too much time searching through hundreds of bookmarks that I never labeled correctly so they were just one unending list of web addresses.
And then I found Pinterest. I thought it was so clever until I started creating Pinboards and pinning pins and making pins and posting pins and sending pins only to realize that it wasn’t clever.
It was genius.
And it could save the world.
Pinterest makes me have hope for a hopeless world because every day I see new and inspiring ideas that are an example of just how amazing we are as a people. That for most of us, we’re just putting one foot in front of the other to make our families and communities better. We’re using our time and talents to focus on things that bring beauty and laughter that can be poured straight into your home and my home.
I watched a video last night of a man who could cut and bag an entire watermelon in under 30 seconds. He had the precision of a surgeon and I was in awe of his ingenuity. He will make my watermelon cutting life so much easier!
Have you looked on the humor boards? At least three times a week, when I am in need of a good laugh, (and maybe just a touch of adult humor-don’t judge me) I check out the funny boards and find myself laughing until I’m crying and snorting. It’s embarrassing and my husband probably thinks this is the time I’ll have to have her committed but it feels. so. good.
It is such a release to laugh out loud, to have your sides ache and the kids wake up confused because they swore they heard a hyena in the house because you just can’t stop.
That kind of laughter could bring world peace. I’m sure of it.
I think of this digital world, this small thumbprint on the internet and how it’s become one big community of sharers. Sharing ideas, thoughts and feelings that you can take or leave with no hard feelings. Where ideas are nurtured, built upon and shared again. Where it’s okay if you see something beautiful and make it your own and by repinning you’re saying hey world! I didn’t come up with this on my own and look how amazing it is!
With all of this beauty, creativity and thoughtfulness, how can we fail? With so much trying and doing how is it that we can’t find common ground?
Maybe there’s a small part of me that’s a little hippie-dippie. A part of me that wants to squeeze my unlovable neighbors and win them over with delicious banana bread I made after seeing it pinned 25,361 times and oh! I hope you noticed how cute I folded the paper plate AND tied a bow around it just so you would know I think you’re worth those precious extra minutes.
Maybe I hope if we’re all inspired to be better tomorrow than we are today, then beauty will outshine the darkness that seems to creep into our corners.
I think deep down, we all have more in common than we think.
We are people that want to do better and be better. I know I do.