"Piece of Mind" or "We're all Particles in the Storm"


Gina Begin Pursuing Reality book (ebook) cover
The cover from something I wrote. 

It feels like photos and tweets getting lost in a great social media whirlwind—you know, this life I'm leading. Old posts and rapid fire conversations are the only memories people have of folks like me; I'm more of a particle that makes up a fierce storm and not the storm itself. Others get sucked in by all the stories, perhaps mine from time to time, but they don't really latch on: They are navigating the entire devil of the affair and can only comprehend the whole with no time to dedicate to individual particles.

I'm not sad about it, nor do I feel alone. All online citizens are simply pieces of that massive system whether we recognize it, through humble natures, or not: Sometimes we're too busy being super-stars (by our own regard). It's just part of life.

Maybe I should be a little troubled by that.

Disruptive behavior individualizes us—it is as simple as a person sitting down to write another person a digital letter. Not an email to find out more about my nonprofit. Not a reminder regarding school loans. Not from a highly-respected company in China asking if I'd like photo retouching services (actually, I'm not sure if "Rick" really even writes those). An actual letter in digital form from someone who went inside the storm, looked for the details then sat down to find out more. 

Such an email arrived this morning: Someone found me in that swirling torrent of exclamation marks, hashtags and "lol"s, then went a step beyond the obligatory double-tap on a filtered photo. Though not the first email I've received from someone I've never interacted with vis-a-vis, this one made me pause, reflect, and write a post; I haven't written for myself in such a long time. 

They did their research. They knew I traveled, had lived in Park City at one point, skied (not snowboarded), and connected about being from the east coast. After sharing a little of their life, then asked sincerely for my opinion on how to live a more freely. They even crafted an original subject line. 

This effort deserved not only equal attention in my reply, but also a step beyond—as they had taken a step beyond by pausing to read more deeply, search for questions they really wanted answered, and then writing.

So I stopped checking updates. I gave them my undivided attention by letting my mind consider what they were asking and then replying with personal experiences and a link to where I felt they could find more. Then I disconnected the internet long enough to write this; to share with you how it felt to be noticed and taken time out for. 

It feels good. 
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The title "Piece of Mind" was the subject of the email I received this morning; I thought it was appropriate for this post. Want to know the link I shared? Here you go: http://ginabegin.uberflip.com/t/63302


2 comments:

  1. Great post Gina. You are an amazing, inspirational, and beautiful person, inside and out. So happy that our paths crossed through the social media whirlwind.

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  2. Gina, your post reminds me that social media is much like a sand mandala in that the connections are often impermanent. So glad you were able to make a good connection. Looking forward to reading more of your posts!

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