There’s a classic John Lennon line that goes…
Life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans
I Sometimes wonder if that applies equally to the brave new world of social media, twitter, facebook and beyond. Comes a point where talking about what’s going on in the world, even with great people, supplants participating in what’s going on in the world.
And, no doubt, while I love the connection that certain technologies like twitter, Facebook and social media afford me, I’m also increasingly aware of it’s ability to become not only a time-sink…but a life sink.
Dont’ get me wrong, I acknowledge the value of great conversation.
But, I don’t want to spend all my time writing, tweeting and updating about what other people are doing, discovering, achieving and even failing at. Some of my time, sure. Learning from others and sharing what they’ve uncovered has it’s place.
But, as Theodore Roosevelt shared:
Far better is it to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though checkered by failure… than to rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy nor suffer much, because they live in a gray twilight that knows not victory nor defeat.
In the end, I sometimes wonder whether social media tends too much towards Roosevelt’s “gray twilight” and not enough toward his “glorious triumphs…checkered by failure.”
So, maybe, from time to time, it’s healthy to step away from talking, tweeting, IMing, updating and writing a bit more.
Long enough, at least, to become less of a value added conduit…and more of a source of creation.
Something to think about next time we sidle up to our computers for an evening of running commentary and witty banter…about how someone else is living his life or running her business.
Curious, what do you think?
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