Whether Sincere or Can We Challenge Ourselves

I wrote this post two years ago and decided today to curate it for the present.  Admittedly, it went unnoticed when I published it in November of 2016.

 

If we should evaluate ourselves, we find the opportunity and the option to transform our “essence,” the makeup of what is we, into entities on the web, mostly owing to the avenue of social media.  Turning our attention to this, we have a choice to do what we think of best, having the desire to appear “good” across it, accurately and clearly, for the consumption of the other and without the overt blurring of the truth

 

One excellent thing we can do for our peace of mind is to be sincere.  When we have a connection between the self and the other, the most enduring way to nurture that bond is to be sincere.

 

When we brand ourselves on social when we engage across it, the biggest challenge we have is to be sincere.  In the era of the Internet, when we are branding ourselves with our social media profiles and in our interactions with other Internet users, the most challenging thing we can do for ourselves is to practice sincerity on the world wide web.

 

The nature of the beast is to compete with all the other.   It goes beyond keeping in touch with others and is more about being part of the race between humans to do things in the best way possible at the time.

 

Nothing mundane is thought of as particularly “share-worthy” on social.  Instead, highlights of life are rendered on display and for consumption by the other, who is living a rival experience, part of the crowd, on social.  The biggest challenge, both inside social and offline, is to muster sincerity.

 

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It is most important when there are prevailing ties between you and the other, to permit authenticity, by consistently being sincere with those to who you are bound.  Being human becomes its own reward when you project sincerity to those to who you devote time and to those to who you proffer care.  The other, your friend, the stranger in the street, receives your sincerity graciously and this is a kindness.

 

You experience human relationships and interaction which are all nourishing in their own right.  You have made the choice to be sincere with those you care about.

 

Social media is a specific example of having the opportunity to be insincere, with the aim of looking better than how the truth actually is.  You want to chat up that girl at the bar so you tell her you’re an airline pilot.  I am, however, personally making an effort to speak truly, so that if you are happening to read this, you can with better readiness, trust me a bit that I have your interests at heart.

 

We are most likely strangers, but I put it to you that I am God-fearing, humble and sincere.  Social media is a ready alternative to living life for its own sake, and what you might term “social sincerity” is challenging to maintain but manageable.  You have the opportunity to put yourself across the Internet with both sincerity and artful intent.

 

Today again I found I wanted very much a personal level to assert that I am sincere.  I am grateful for the opportunity.

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If you liked this post, you can go ahead and click “like” if you please, or click the “follow” button.  You are also welcome to leave me a comment, sincere or otherwise.  Good luck to you!

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Requirement To Proceed Gingerly is Essential

We have to worry about the weather. Most of our volunteers are senior citizens and they walk very gingerly.

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Alberta is right, that treating senior citizens gingerly isn’t always easy.  While some remain young at heart and reasonable, others are less capable, frankly, in some situations.

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I’m in operations at a not-for-profit cemetery (in fact, you can find us elsewhere on the Internet at http://maplelawncemeteryorg.ipage.com/oldchurchcemetery/24701.html).  It is somewhat taxing doing such funeral work, but the serenity of the environment and the relative freedom I have in addition to the work I do make it worthwhile.

 

November 28 of this month celebrates Giving Tuesday, which is like a holiday for not-for-profits (chiefly in the US, but elsewhere as well, I should think).  I am posting to Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/LouthUnited) as well as to Twitter (my page is https://twitter.com/findingenvirons).  It is true that Twitter is busy unrolling its new vision for its tweets.

 

The new tweets will be up to two hundred and eighty characters in length compared to how they were, for ten years, which was tweets up to a hundred and forty characters.  I am not sure how Twitter will fare in the future with this disregard for tradition (a decade’s tradition) evident.

 

Many Internet users rely on Facebook, and on Twitter, for their news (as in the case, for example, they wish to be good citizens).  Twitter’s reputation will most likely change as new developments there come up, but while Twitter appeals to someone like me, whose forty years old and been on the Internet since before the days of Napster, it is discouraging.

 

If I were to relent a little for the sake of a greater good for my family, who are supportive of the decisions I make, and for the cemetery, which is operated efficiently and consistently, perhaps I would abandon Twitter now.  I don’t want to, however.

 

Today’s WordPress Daily Prompt is the word gingerly and because I think the WordPress prompts are great, I thought I would venture to blog again thoughts I have.

Be That You Would Rather Risk Temporary Shelf Life

WordPressBen Huberman, who contributes essays to the WordPress photo challenges, wrote that bloggers interested yet should focus on the idea of Temporary, how it is things can be seen in the image that will no longer be there, as with autumn leaves in October.

 

What does it take to start a blog?  Three years ago I thought to learn a little more about writing a poem from Ben and others.

 

The free verse you might write could go in a blog, on the Internet.  I never changed my mind https://findingenvirons1.wordpress.com/2015/02/25/drawer

 

Letting it out of the bag was a busy time.  I looked back at a photo I took Wednesday, October 15, 2014, when I was purer as a blogger, meaning not seen as many (there are a lot of good ones).

 

It’s the trees shielding the cemetery and you can see the lane running behind Louth United Church.  Ben seems to be an understated champion of photography and also of blogging, with WordPress.

 

It is always nice to see what he has written when there is a photo challenge to join, on a Wednesday of the week.  There is a week to do it but people get started right away, I’m sure.  I would argue, if necessary, that the video capture look of the sky overhead reflects the idea of temporary all the more because everything that was in the sky has passed on, not content to be captured.

 

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We care for Maple Lawn Cemetery once a week and we’re active on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/LouthUnited  Yesterday Twitter began to include tweets with a character length of two hundred and eighty rather than plain a hundred and forty.  I don’t know what that says about the future… or the past, either.

Devising Content that Stands Out from the Crowd

A blog remains an essential requirement of life with the Internet in 2017.  It is neither a lost art nor spurious.  If you are serious about your name on the Internet, you need to be blogging.

 

It is not without a sense of urgency that we experience our lives.  The long and short of the problem is that with so many demands on our time, it is urgent that we get to the belly of the beast and jot those “X’s” onto our to-do lists.  With Christmas approaching this time of year, we have even less time on our hands to devote to pastimes such as blogging.

 

When I think of everything in life that demands our attention, and I am not a parent, nor even really a career man, the no. 1 thing I think of is the rush to post content on social media.  That being said, and I’m sure you’re doing a good job of this already if you’re on the Internet, it may help to reflect that writing content is all about capturing interest.

 

Content needs to provoke interest and to continue to do so (being “evergreen”), at a time when there is constantly all the more competition against which you need to pit yourself (it’s cutthroat).  You have what is literally a finite amount of time available if you are handling the reins of your social media.  Therefore it is with some urgency that you need to keep your content coming.

 

You are almost certainly on social media already if you are reading WordPress blogs.  It is up to you to conduct yourself with excellence.  When I blog, I draw on the WordPress daily prompts for inspiration, and I want to present a relative amount of truth and dedication to the hobby so that I am not merely spinning my wheels.

 

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If you want to “like” this post and/or “follow” the blog, by all means, of course, you are welcome to do so.  You can leave me a comment as well.  Thanks for reading, and good luck with your content!

#GivingTuesday Ambassadors for Maple Lawn Cemetery

As a kid, I got to trick-or-treat.  It’s what a kid thinks of as being cool.  I have my mother’s skill–at times she lent assistance to costumes that helped me fit in for the walkabout going door-to-door.

 

I think it always seemed to feel shorter than it was.  The other disappointment was reaching adolescence.  It was no longer very advisable to try trick-or-treating if you were too big for your breeches.  You’d see those porch lights go dark.

 

Four years ago my father decided that in his retirement years he would take on the responsibility of operating a little cemetery on the outskirts of town (doesn’t that sound like it’s from a horror script or something of that kind?) and we are partners in the cemetery’s operation, although generally speaking, he is the boss.  Is it ghoulish?

 

Well, it kind of is.  Not everybody could handle it.  For me, it is nice to be part of an operation of that kind, and I feel I’m inclined to do it.

 

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November 28 is known among not-for-profits as Giving Tuesday, and it is like a holiday for charities, when they ask for gifts.  There’s only a couple of things that are pressing on us.

 

For example, when the car lost control and drove into the tree out by the church, it tapped the sign for the church and one of the legs of the sign was cracked nearly in two.  Getting a new sign would be nice, although our budget is strictly limited to operations.  It does require replacement, however.

 

We don’t make much doing what we do.  It isn’t entirely true that we scrape by, but we’re not getting rich.

 

We’re comfortable and we’re honest, given that we deal with funeral practices on a regular basis and we understand that discretion is required, as is respect and common decency.  We’re Christian people.

 

It isn’t necessary to help, but if you have any interest in the ghoulish, and you would like to help by becoming a fan of our Facebook page, retweeting my tweets about November 28, or reblogging this post, you are welcome to leave a comment expressing that you would like to be a Maple Lawn Cemetery ambassador.  We’re on Facebook at www.facebook.com/LouthUnited and my twitter handle is @findingenvirons  We also have a website that you can click through to see with http://maplelawncemeteryorg.ipage.com/oldchurchcemetery/

 

Although Giving Tuesday is six years running, this is the first year I’ve decided to try my hand at participating in it.  It’s not a race, it’s just that with the damaged sign, and even the wear and tear on the John Deere that I employ to assist with the operation of the cemetery, any help at all would be appreciated.  If you are a freelance creative, and you work for cheap, you are welcome to inquire if you think your talent would fit in with what my father and I are doing on the Internet.

 

Naturally, even if your thoughts for the season are all about Hallmark, I understand completely, and you are more than welcome to like this post or even to follow the blog.

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Have an amazing Halloween in 2017, and maybe we’ll even see you back in 2018.  I wish you good tidings.

Being Artificial on Social Media

Forging a representation of yourself for the Internet is rampantly common and has been for a long time.  On social media, you craft Internet content that reflects who you are as an individual.  When you post to Facebook, or to Twitter, or to YouTube, or to any other platform, you have an opportunity to render artificial something that is real in your life.

 

This is kind of an evaluation of your everyday life experience, and in the process of translating it for the Internet, it is like aiming a throw against the palisade of the other.

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When thinking of creative methods by which you translate your life onto social media, you have an ability and a freedom to craft content that is representative of you, while being artificial in format.  Your life is real, as real as you experience it, and with social, you are tapping into a real-world experience for the purpose of consumption by the other.

 

There is nothing completely real about posting on social, yet it is viewed as an offshoot of real life because you are inherently human.  Therefore the urge to render your life on social has the weight that you’re growing content out of the experience you have offline.  It wouldn’t be artificial if it were really happening.

 

What’s more, however, the urge to render your life on social media means that you grow your content out of experiences you have in real life.  You are translating your experience offline into content that the other can digest and reflect upon, to view how you are instead of he or she, between human beings.  There is no algorithm that can match this ability.

 

Social media forms content grown from life, but rendered artificial inasmuch as it is only one representation of what has happened to you in your life, the impetus of real life.  Feel free to “like” this post or to comment, and/or to “follow” the blog if you found this post thoughtful.  I hope for you that your own social goes well for you and that the best moments in your life are conferred as though they were vitally important, which they are.

 

You are an individual and you have an opportunity to celebrate the best of what happens to you.

By Jen H.

How it is the Passerbys Glow

Each week WordPress provides a photo challenge, that you can participate in even if you only have a cell phone with a camera (it’s clear a camera is good, too).  Looking for the challenge this week, it turned out WordPress provided the challenge to show “glow.”

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The idea is to play with the idea of glow, such as taking a picture just after sunrise, or before sunset, the latter being what I did.

 

I took a photo of a plaza just as the sky was glowing red and the clouds were disappearing into the night.  The stoplight in the street was red, meaning the cars headed that direction were stopped and waiting for the light to change.  One single vehicle had made the light and can be seen proceeding in the direction from which I’d walked.

 

Some of the details in the photo I took are lost to the disappearing light, which adds mystery, I think, to the picture, and makes it a little more interesting.  The “glow” challenge gave me the idea for the first time to try capturing with the camera a location that was glowing from sunset.

 

I hope you like it.  If you take part in the weekly photo challenges (each Wednesday), maybe I’ll see what you shot.  That would be nice.

 

What’s more, the WordPress Daily Prompt today is the word “release.”  It is too complicated an idea to explore, but I think again how it is to be expressive, particularly on WordPress, where an inclusive atmosphere is intended, is quite a positive release, I’d argue, to let emotions that are within come to the surface.  Human beings are creatures of expression.

 

Thanks for reading, and good luck with your blogging!