Unsocial media

Everybody is continuously connected to everybody else on Twitter, on Facebook, on Instagram, on Reddit, e-mailing, texting, faster and faster, with the flood of information jeopardizing meaning. Everybody’s talking at once in a hypnotic, hyper din: the cocktail party from hell. Maureen Dowd 1952 – Over the past few years, multiple studies have shown that people find social media stressful and overwhelming–so much so that many of them considered giving it up completely. I have to say, I’m not surprised. When you really examine it, social media is decidedly unsocial. Social media sites like Facebook were billed as tools for …
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When gratitude is a challenge

Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow. Melody Beattie 1948 – This week, the U.S. celebrates Thanksgiving. But it’s unlikely to be the holiday so many of us have grown accustomed to having. With a global pandemic still raging, many people consider it unsafe to travel or meet in large groups. Many others have suffered job losses or other financial setbacks and don’t have the money for a traditional celebration. Still others have lost loved ones to Covid-19 and are too grief-stricken to celebrate this year. I think most of us …
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Neither here nor there

Growth is painful. Change is painful. But nothing is as painful as staying stuck somewhere you don’t belong. N.R. Narayana Murthy 1946 – While you may not have heard the term ‘liminal space’, you’ve almost certainly experienced the phenomenon at some point. Liminal space can be either literal or figurative — a transitional place, period, or experience. The airport is a good literal example: an in-between place, the gateway between your point of origin and your destination. The upcoming winter holidays are often considered liminal times, bridging the old year and the new.  These days can feel stagnant to some, …
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