July 27, 2018

July 27, 2018

Tool, not a toy.

 

I was in Scouts for many years. I remember the first time I was handed a hatchet and told to cut up some lumber for the campfire. I was really nervous and thought I might cut my hand off or something. One of the scout leaders got a bunch of us guys in a circle, took out his hatchet and handed it to me. “This is not a toy,” he said in a very stern voice. “It is a tool. You treat tools with respect, use them the way you’re supposed to, and you will not get hurt.” He proceeded to spend the next few hours teaching us how to handle a hatchet, how to clean, sharpen, store, and cut with it. He taught us that when we respected the tool, used it the appropriate way, and respected it, that it would be one of the best resources we had with us in the wilderness.

 

Social media is a tool, not a toy. Respect it. Use it wisely. Know the dangers, but be smart, take care, and social media can be a valuable resource in connecting with the people around you.