Last week I made a video of my dog, Tucker, trying to get my attention by pushing a ball into the pool. I wound up posting it on social media just for fun, thinking nothing more than sharing a piece of pet humor.

Several days later, my little lighthearted video wound up with more than 5 million views. And with the surge of views came an avalanche of comments. As I sifted through them, it dawned on me that the majority were from complete strangers. Some were sweet, filled with laughter and heart emojis. However, a surprising number of people I didn’t know appointed themselves as Tucker’s unsolicited dietitians.

“Your dog is grossly overweight,” one said.
“He looks like he’s eaten five dogs,” said another.
Although I was tempted to respond with a humorous quip about feeding Tucker only hot dogs, not real dogs, I exercised restraint and refrained from engaging in the conversation.

Truth be told, Tucker has been indulging in a few too many treats, a fact for which I take full responsibility. However, it is still astounding how easily folks can dish out critiques from behind a screen about a dog they don’t know to a person they’ve never met.

This reminded me of a profound insight shared by a dear friend and pastor, Alex Himaya, who said, “Comments can cling to you. They’re hard to shake off. And remember, you’re not required to give room to every opinion simply because someone felt compelled to voice it.”

Practically speaking, what if we chose to shelter our minds from words that don’t need to find a home there?
Do we really need to hear everything that is being said?
Are all comments, on and off the internet, worthy of your attention?
The answer is a resounding “No.”.
Whether literal or metaphorical, I encourage you to “turn off the comments.”

This blog is not just for those who engage in social media conversations. It’s for anyone who needs a gentle reminder that you are the gatekeeper of your mind. You decide what gets to linger there. Whether it’s the words of a hurtful colleague, a cutting remark from a supposed friend, or a random stranger on the internet, the choice remains in your hands.

It’s about standing vigilant at your mind’s doorway, only welcoming in thoughts that uplift, encourage, and promote growth and those that echo the voice of love and wisdom.
It’s about discerning the helpful from the harmful and the meaningful from the trivial.

In our fast-paced, opinion-saturated world, it’s easy to feel pressured to engage in every discussion and take a stand on each issue.
But here’s a liberating truth:
Not every comment calls for our consideration.
Not every conflict needs our negotiation.
When you really grasp this truth, it is like opening a door to a quiet, peaceful room.
It’s pure freedom.