I love poetry. There is something extremely satisfying about creating unique snapshots of the human experience while using the fewest number of words possible. And a single word change, usually discovered after a thesaurus exploration, can completely alter the meaning and mood of a piece. So it’s not unlike a game of chess, where a person must place each piece into position with precision in order to prevail!
She shoos me up the staircase
while prattling on
like a proud mother
“I don’t think I can”
Yet she pays no attention
and rushes past me
stopping only to point intensely
at the small X mark upon center stage
Exposing one, lonely microphone
(the focal point)
of a million eyeballs
To stand my creation up
in front of the masses
will they judge?
35476 unread links. How in God’s name did I let my information hoarding tendencies get me this far in to the never ending pit of internet information overload (or IIO for short). But like a drug addict that hits rock bottom, I knew that the only way to knock out this habit was to be bold, and go cold… turkey that is.
And so here we are at milestone #2 towards my goal of a low information diet: the great RSS feed unsubscribe experiment of 2012.
Often, the greatest miracles that occur in our lives initially show up as something ominous, dangerous, and negative. But we are but one set of eyes among 7 billion and an almost infinite number of moving parts that make up our universe. From our vantage point, who knows what’s really good and bad? If only we could peer over the shoulder of God and see the great cosmic game of chess from his perspective. Maybe then we’d realize what is good and bad can change in an instant, depending on the contextual lens we are using in that brief moment in time.
People often equate power with the physical plane of existence. If you have enough money, you’ll be safe from a life of poverty. If you can bench 400 pounds, you can win any physical confrontation and be safe from harm. If you are in perfect health, you’ll outwit mother nature and live to be 120+ and be safe from a loss in your quality of life. Yes, our physical possessions, strengths, and health can give us a tremendous sense of power in shaping the life we live.
But all this "physical power" pales in comparison to the power we derive from our emotional and mental states of being.
“You should write a book.”
Although I always appreciated the compliment, but I could never tell if it was sincere or not. Was I really that good or creative at writing? Or was it simply like the words of a mother, who’s unconditional love was so strong that even a finger painting of a blue dog would land itself on the fridge.
Honestly, it doesn’t really matter. We all have things to share (thoughts, pictures, stories, laughs, hugs) and it gets boring to sit on the sidelines and let everyone else have the fun. Sure, we can be self depreciating and claim that no one will care or our actions won’t mean anything. But I disagree. Sometimes the seemingly insignificant things we in life can completely change the lives of someone else, whether we know it or not. And so what if it doesn’t? I’m not willing to take that chance!
I used to abhor the idea of book burning. It represents censorship, the repression of thought, and the destruction of knowledge that took years to obtain, distill, package, and transmit. And I still detest information purging when done with such ill intent.
Bookmarks, however, are a completely different story. Content is being generated at an almost incomprehensible level. Just today alone (March 12th, 2012), there were over 184 million words published on wordpress.com hosted blogs. That is 2.5 bibles worth of content produced in a single day on one web service. Multiply that by thousands of sites around the world (and in other languages) and you can see it’s literally impossible to keep up.
And yet we try…
Let’s face it, we live in a culture that craves, expects, and outright demands instant gratification. We want to lose weight
in 30 days in one day NOW. We see an amazing gadget on the internet and we want it delivered to our door by 8 am tomorrow morning. And heaven forbid if the movie we want to watch isn’t already on demand and queued up in our Netflix/Comcast account, because that means we may actually have to drive to one of those archaic brick and mortar stores to pick it up!
I wish I was being facetious. But if I am brutally honest with myself, I fit this pattern in various aspects of my life. You probably do as well.
It started like every other day (queue the ominous background music). And yet somehow a software synchronization went awry and I lost over 1200+ bookmarked links in my Safari browser. I was livid. All those articles I meant to read, all those useful reference materials, and all those things that I thought were important… all gone. And all I could think about was how many days it worth of time it would take to find and reorganize them all. It was a hoarders worst nightmare (e.g. to lose all the precious nothings that one worked so hard to collect, even if they offered no real value to one’s life).