Hurry, Rush & Validate

Do I have so little faith in my community? Do I think their attention span is so short? Well, to be honest, in a way I do. But it’s not that…

Today’s card is a reminder that not everything has to be fast. This cartoon from Bill Holbrook’s “On the Fasttrack” made me smile in wry acknowledgment. I feel this pressure. I must be present. I must be heard. I must be read.

Then I realize it’s because I don’t want to be forgotten. *thud* That’s so much bigger to me than simply being heard. What if I am forgotten?

Do I have so little faith in my community? Do I think their attention span is so short? Well, to be honest, in a way I do. But it’s not that the span is short. It’s more like it’s narrow because it has so many places to go. There are so many blogs these days.

Right? It can be overwhelming. I’ve joined up with the July 2012 Ultimate Blog Challenge which means I’m going to post to my blog every day from 7/1 – 7/31. So I’m doing a lot of crossposting of my Facebook posts over to my blog. I’m also focusing on catching up on some outstanding reviews. Of course, I want to be heard. I want to be seen. I want to know that I am making a difference.

Still, if I am to take a lesson from the Eight of Wands, I must realize that Margaret Mead was right. What? I go from Tarot to Mead? Stick with me, y’all. This won’t be a hard transition. You see, she said “You are unique. Just like everyone else.” Just like everyone else who wants to be present. Wants to be heard. Wants to be read or seen. I have to step back from my MiMi focus to really see this much-larger-than-me picture.

It’s about validation. If I want it, so does the person sitting one booth over. The kid who just turned in his first shop project wants it. The grandmother who just baked a plate of cookies wants it. The waitress wants it. The POTUS wants it. Wow. If we all want the same thing, wouldn’t it be awesome if we gave it to one another?

So here’s what I’m going to do. I’m going to read five blogs today. I’m going to comment on them. I’m going to share them on Facebook, Twitter, Google+. Then I’m going to forgive myself for not reading all the other amazing blogs out there. I’ll hit my own day after that feeling enriched because I made sure at least five other people in my circle feel heard and read and validated by me. And that’s a pretty groovy feeling. Try it out. Let me know if you agree.

Seek Joy, Y’all. Pass it on.

Eight of Wands, Joie de Vivre Tarot, US Games Systems, 2011 Used with permission. No further reproduction rights granted.

9 thoughts on “Hurry, Rush & Validate”

  1. Excellent post, Arwen! I feel the pressure, too, and I also have to remind myself to take it a little easy at times. I just don’t have enough hours in the day to do everything I want to do, so I have to be patient πŸ˜‰

    You’ve taken on quite a challenge with with the Ulimate Blog Challenge! That one would give me a heart attack lol ;~)

    1. Christiane, I’m hoping that it just keeps me writing. Doing the card a day on Facebook has been fun. I haven’t (too many times) felt like “OH CRUD! What to say.” πŸ˜€

  2. I once challenged myself to blog every day for a whole month. That was back in August last year, leading up to the start-up date of my self-employment as a Tarot reader. I started to feel the pressure after about a week. I need at least one day a week off to recharge so I won’t be in a hurry to sign up for another challenge like that. I wish you all the best with yours, Arwen!

  3. Wonderful Post! Great idea, spreading the love by commenting on a certain number of blogs. I’m sure it will be appreciated to know that you know she/he is there. πŸ™‚ Good luck with your challenge and I’m sure you’ll have wonderful things to say.

  4. Sorry I’m coming to this post late – ha, it’s that same pressure. Still, I love your idea to spread the joy by commenting on people’s blogs, so here I am πŸ˜‰ Good luck with the challenge – sounds like it’ll be a piece of cake for you!

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