May 10, 2008
When does your own off switch turn on?
This is really a meme–yes another one. No rules really, but author Joyce Valenza began by asking for blogging advice, and then ended it with the question listed above. So I will answer the question with a few thoughts:
- And this is the BIG 1: My off switch turns on when I must choose between family and the virtual friends and locations. I would MUCH RATHER spend an evening with them–eating out, going to the movies, watching fireworks, hang, even driving with my husband back to the office late in an evening if he forgot something is so much more fun than blogging, my reader, twitter, Second Life, or any other online presence I might have. It doesn’t have to be fun or special either–it can be simple, like the drive back to the office, watching a silly tv show together, or dealing with sickness or pain. When it revolves around them, they come first. Period.
- I will turn the off switch on when I think people are rude, unnecessarily mean, or insensitive. You know the old saying (biblical based) turn the other cheek? Well I turn the cheek to remove myself. I will avoid things, people, and places that cause me pain or discomfort. It’s only natural. And that can be something mean online or off-line (i.e. that nasty driver who flipped me off b/c I unknowingly cut him off–just steer clear of him.) I really try not to dwell on these things, just remove myself from them. It can be difficult though when friends or family dwell on them. Advice–try to take the high road and don’t dwell on the negative. I find myself every now and then trying to heed my own advice.
Okay since this is a meme, let’s tag a few people. She did not say to, so you can disregard if you like.
Okay now back to the task at hand–dinner with my family at home, sweet home.
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