I am struggling to write, to blog, and to read lately. I think I know the culprit that is keeping me from these things…Social Media.
In an effort to keep the villain at bay I am going to limit myself to looking at any form of social media and emails (of which I think I get millions, but in reality it may be 20 a day) to an hour in the morning at the very most. Let’s see how it goes…
To start me off I am blogging a couple of thoughts from this morning’s dog walk around the village I live in.
The first thing I spotted was a host of (pale) golden daffodils. As I strolled past them (you have to stroll with a dog that walks like a condemned man) I contemplated the fact that, like many people, the couple who live in this house have planted out the area in front of their garden hedge, Now, they wont be able to see the flowers from their home, so they are clearly there for the joy of others; those who walk, run, ride or drive past the flowers. What a wonderfully selfless thing to do?
The next thought to drift into my conscious mind was, ‘They are so pale that they could be seen as delicate or as wishy-washy’. Sometimes I love the vibrancy of sun-yellow daffodils cheering me along as I run past them; other times I enjoy the gentleness of the paler variety which seen so calming.
After chatting to a fellow dog-walker (she has two beautiful Labrador’s) I wondered why more ‘strangers’ don’t stop and chat. It has always been that anyone walking with a dog or a small child attracts attention, so is more likely to obtain a friendly ‘Hello’, and this morning was no different…except that C dared to start a conversation (something so many people struggle to do).
We ended up having a good old chat. As we wound the conversation up I asked for her name, and C reciprocated. This means when our dog-walks cross again we are a step closer to building a friendship: surely this is similar to making friends via Social Media, so SM isn’t all bad, is it?
You get a friend request from someone who finds you interesting, or knows of you, you accept, they start to comment, you start to see their posts and comment too, then a friendship blooms.
This happened to me a few years back where a very lovely lady, J, and I realised we had friends in common and also shared our birthday. We haven’t managed to meet up but J has recommended places to eat out and we are quite like-minded in many ways.
So, less social media, more reading, writing and chatting to people is on the cards for me.
How about you?
P.S. Off to peruse my gardening books as our garden needs a LOT of TLC this year!