The fear of missing out, or FOMO, has become a familiar concept in modern culture to the point that the Oxford Online Dictionary recently added it to their list of new words for 2015. From advertising to social media, we are constantly bombarded by images and information. The result is that we are experiencing an epidemic of people who constantly feel as if they are missing out on something better. We are no longer just keeping up with the Joneses, but with their carefully curated, picture-perfect social media profiles.
As we ring in the New Year, it is natural to think about what we need more - and less of in our lives. Weeks of holiday shopping, gift-giving, and feasting tend to leave us thinking about losing weight, tightening our budgets, and creating a better work-life balance. Every year, we resolve to break from the cyclical patterns of excess and self-criticism, but somehow in the hustle and bustle of the Christmas season, we forget the old adage “too much of a good thing” and indulge to the detriment of our waistlines and wallets, not to mention our spiritual health.