I blogged a sentence on Wednesday that got a frenzied response. People in their Facebook skimming read my line without the word ‘this.‘ It sounded like I announced someone’s death. EGADS! Facebook is not the first place I make life-altering announcements. That’s what email is for 😉
I was talking to Richard last night about a mutual friend’s possible move to NYC. Like Rich’s relocation to Dallas, her move would be sad for me. Although I would miss seeing her in person, I know more and more technology keeps us together. Texting binds people like modern-day pen pals. The usually instantaneous communication provides an immediate connection. Even if someone doesn’t text me back in the moment, I know they will within a couple hours.
For me, it’s the least intrusive manner of bantering. I prefer texting over g-chat or any instant messaging platform. Those types of live chat feel pressurized. The person knows I’m there lurking in a virtual corner and they demand my response. Texting gives some anonymity. You can’t tell if someone is seeing your text right then so the expectation for response time is lowered. I like that.
During my British Isles vacation, I creeped on Facebook every time we got on the bus. The wi-fi was good and free. And I missed my life. Even though my standard FB entries are a blog post or a theatre check-in, I enjoy skimming over others’ random rants on topical things like Gaza or the World Cup. I also like to browse through pictures and check-ins to see what people are up to. I’m not so keen on ongoing dramatic statements meant to manipulate emotion. Still, I guess everyone is entitled to express themselves the way they choose.
My favorite bangle company, Alex and Ani, often put up motivational nuggets that I love on Facebook. This one speaks to me. Of course, “be at peace” and “one with yourself” is my regular jam. I work at those. The end note is the interesting twist. “Be amazed”! It’s not an inspirational quote to BE amazing. For me, it suggests allowing myself to delight in life. I can and should embrace the wondrous aspects of hot coffee, a summer breeze, a kind friend. My day is full of amazement when I take the time to recognize it. Undeniably!