Day 29

Day 29 of 100 intentional, reflective steps.

Remember playing freeze tag?  When “frozen” we would yell at the other children “Tag me, tag me!” until someone touched us so we could become “alive.” I am afraid that as a society we are allowing social media recognition to replace old fashioned multi sensory interaction. We depend on it to make us feel alive. However, a “like” or comment on Facebook, a re-tweet on twitter or any other digital “touch” will never bring us to life like a kindly spoken word, a smile, a hug, or pat on the back. Its like eating plastic play food and expecting it to nourish us. Its an inadequate and toxic substitute. 

Last night as I looked at a room full of people gathered to celebrate me I was reminded of this. Hundreds of people congratulated me on Facebook but a couple of dozen were able to show up in person. They helped me to feel alive for a moment.