Wasn't Jesus the original hippie? With his sandals, dress and kind, compassionate, tender, joyful nature? What a loaded word that is! I am oftentimes called a hippie – in some ways, I am, some not. I am an Older Mom with Young Kids and Older Kids, Four in All – Remarried, Striving to make a Step Family with Love and God's help.
What do I want to say in a blog?
Do I have anything original to say?
Is it mainly ego?
Is it the same unhealthy urge that draws people to Facebook, pasting this and that perfect picture, seeking approval and support without actually doing any of the real work of a relationship?
Our need for social interaction reduced down to a computer screen that you can easily control.
Relationship. R-e-l-a. R-e-a-l. Real time. Real person. In front of your face.
Theory: Benefits of working from home reduced by unhealthiness of co-working relationships. I see this with my husband who works out of the house. I remember this with my last job where I worked from home. It is far easier to be nasty, negative and confrontational, to not see the real person when you are e-mailing or on the telephone.
Would the ego bumps happen as often in a physical office?
The mind goes off on tangents of dishonor, disrespect, grievances so easily in one’s absence, but when an actual soul is within arm’s reach, usually the soul overrides.
Cherry-pick technology since it is full of extremes – good and bad.
So how to use the technology to its best advantage?
Finding like-minded people to be encouraged by and to encourage.
Finding those on similar paths and helping each other along.
For example, Facebook, year or so ago, I was friending everyone and watching the numbers rise – 50, 100, 200 – yea me! But I realized as I went through my newsfeed chronicling their everyday routine moves, I was not thinking ‘positive’ thoughts.
It was not a good use of my time.
Jealousy, pettiness, other negative feelings were foremost, and then I would have to think my way through these to the positive.
Not healthy! And so I ‘de-friended’ all but local people (to find out local real events to attend) and inspirational people and groups.
Now I go through my newsfeed and the majority is filled with uplifting tidbits to help me along my path.
Funny enough, many times I find it is exactly what has been on the recesses of my mind. I oftentimes go back in amazement because several different sites will be discussing the same thing, something that applies exactly to where I am at the moment.
I am on path. Are you?
Colette O'Neill, Innovator of Goddess Permaculture ~Plantswoman ~ Teacher ~ Writer and Photographer
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