This may seem off topic, but it has been on my mind and I want to write about it.
If you’ve spent any time on social media in the past week or so, you’ve probably seen this bit from Louis C.K. on why he hates smartphones. A lot of my friends are posting (and reposting) it and I understand why. Louis C.K. is witty and articulate and what he says is real. If you look around you can see evidence that supports his argument.
But, you know what? We all have a choice of what we give our attention to. Do you know what I see?
I see the boys on my son’s peewee football team, on which he is one of four second-string players, helping, encouraging, and teaching him. I see children at my kids’ school supporting each other as they figure out together how to deal with conflict. I see colleagues at the ASC, friends at Rotary, and folks in the community reaching out and helping each other in tiny and enormous ways. I see our theatre community sharing, communicating, and collaborating with each other in ways and on a scale that would have been unthinkable a dozen years ago. This is all real too.
Have you noticed that when you are irritated more irritated people show up in your world? Which reality do you want to promote? What do you want more of in your life? Recognize that you are making the choice. If you want more disconnection, keep posting that video, keep telling that story. I know what I want. I choose joy.