There is a little blue circle that taunts me as I begin this discourse, as it spins (and spins and spins) I think, “dang, I forgot what I (really) wanted to say.” This happens to me all of the time; talking with my husband, on the phone, with good friends over dinner, . . . so sometimes I think I am just not smart enough to do what I (really) want to do with my life.
Then, I read.
Even though I am annoyed that Windows Live Writer (which is the program I use to write my blog) is “not responding,” I am more than happy that the little blue circle (taking its sweet time while I forget every profound, earth shattering, life changing word I was going to write) reminds me each day of the possibilities of what one can do with one’s life.
The links above are a random sampling of posts on three of the many blogs I read by individuals I have never met and will never meet who are part of a community of people exchanging their thoughts and ideas on a variety of topics everyday.
Which is simply, the right thing.
It is frustrating that I cannot get a screen shot of that damn little blue circle which seems to cycle into perpetuity as my mind flits from thought to thought (mind: elusive blue circle reminds me of the Lucky Charms leprechaun and the silly Trix rabbit . . . flit: junk cereal advertising has had a five decade long impact on my psyche . . . flit: silly rabbit and Lucky mascots must be very powerful advertising tools because I didn’t have a TV growing up! . . . flit: “we” should do something about this type of advertising . . . flit: it’s wrong . . . flit: . . . today . . . flit: wow, this little blue circle is taking its sweet time), but disappears the moment I press the fn and prt sc keys.
After reading Creating Reciprocity’s post, I ended up reading a very good book by the featured speaker, Clay Shirky, called Cognitive Surplus: Creativity and Generosity in a Connected Age. The gist of which is how much easier it is in this age of technology to do the right thing. How we now have the power to be more than spectators of media, to collaborate, to make a difference, to solve problems, . . .
. . . to find a cure for cancer or stop genocide or help the mentally ill or lose ten (really 20 okay 30) pounds so one might live long enough to live the life one is planning to do something with (okay, he doesn’t talk about my weight loss efforts, but one does need to be alive to do the things one wants to do with one’s life) . . . .
Regardless of what one wants to do with one’s life, there is one thing one must do to (really) do it. . .
Figure it out. Don’t waste your time.
Which is what I learned
when I read
What are you doing today?