Establish an Attitude of Gratitude - The Age of Technology


I've been thinking a lot about Gratitude this week. I've been feeling particularly blessed and surprised by the numerous connections I'm making these days. Old but not forgotten friends popping back into my life and new ones at every turn. I feel like I passed some kind of friendship test and now the rewards are flowing to me. I can't feel anything but grateful for this. There is one particular reason why that I'd like to share.

I used to dream of being surrounded by intelligent, artistic people. The life of an artist can be one of isolation, if the artist chooses it to be. Some might spend their entire life exploring themselves so closely that they fail to notice the magic going on around them. I reached a time in my own artistic process where I felt like I really didn't belong anywhere. I was feeling quite marginalized every time I'd return home to my core group of friends whose lives were progressing along in a 'normal' fashion. They were growing out of me and I was growing out of them. But at the same time, living the life of a musical vagabond at the time, while introducing me to a plethora of interesting people, didn't allow for long term friendships to develop. Only because....and here is my point:

We did not have the technology that we have today.

Some of those prior friends have come back to me, and even some of those fleeting connections made on the road, but I'd like to think it's not because we're old friends - it's because we're friends period. If we just met today, we would be friends. The key reason they are back in my life is because they were able to find me through Google or Facebook or Twitter - so how GRATEFUL am I? Overflowing with gratitude.

But then there are the new friends...friends I have hand picked for their random tweets that caught my eye on Twitter, or a comment someone made on a forum that made me think about something differently. New friends I've met through new friends. Amazing really.

I am surrounded by the purest of souls, the most creative minds and the most talented of people. I sit inspired and I am grateful for your friendship.

With gratitude for connecting,

Carrie



5 comments

  • Steve, The Rhythm

    Steve, The Rhythm

    I understand exactly where you are coming from, as I connected recently with an old classmate I hadn't talked to in 36 years, thanks to technology. I must say too that I am very happy to have "met" you online. I feel a connection with you that I don't with too many people, and I treasure those kind of connections!:)

    I understand exactly where you are coming from, as I connected recently with an old classmate I hadn't talked to in 36 years, thanks to technology. I must say too that I am very happy to have "met" you online. I feel a connection with you that I don't with too many people, and I treasure those kind of connections!smile

  • Raivyn - sinsfate.net

    Raivyn - sinsfate.net

    Aww Carrie, that was sweet. Been thinking a lot about this same thing fairly recently. I too have met so many wonderful people over the past few years thanks to the internet, some local (like Chris from T7N), some distant. Nowadays, it seems distance doesn't matter as it did over a decade ago. I too am grateful for these friendships. Glad I 'met' you, you're a wonderful person.

    Aww Carrie, that was sweet. Been thinking a lot about this same thing fairly recently. I too have met so many wonderful people over the past few years thanks to the internet, some local (like Chris from T7N), some distant. Nowadays, it seems distance doesn't matter as it did over a decade ago. I too am grateful for these friendships. Glad I 'met' you, you're a wonderful person.

  • Village

    Village

    EXACTLY what I'm talking about! Thanks Raivyn and Steve:love: You coolify my world for sure.

    EXACTLY what I'm talking about! Thanks Raivyn and Stevelove

    You coolify my world for sure.

  • Ned (@Emmortal)

    Ned (@Emmortal)

    You are, as usual, singing my song. :>) So many pictures and feelings speed through me as I think about the things you mentioned. Most powerful, though, is the gratitude, which is exceeded only by my awe at the power of the magic that enables us to so transform our lives as to permit, even require, the kinds of connections you speak of. But here we are. There can be no denying it. And I saw it coming so long ago. As soon as I saw that the Internet was for real, it all lay out before me. That was 15 years ago, and only now is it really asserting itself as I envisioned it then. And not just for me. It is doing so for you, and for countless others as well. To read what I saw in the fall of 1993, go here: spaciouspresent.com/b log/?tag=TheGlobalInternet Thank you for being you, for being in my life and on my planet. I can hardly wait to see where we go next. Saddle up, Pilgrim. We're burnin' daylight.

    You are, as usual, singing
    my song. :>wink So many
    pictures and feelings speed
    through me as I think about
    the things you mentioned.
    Most powerful, though, is
    the gratitude, which is
    exceeded only by my awe at
    the power of the magic that
    enables us to so transform
    our lives as to permit, even
    require, the kinds of
    connections you speak of.

    But here we are. There can
    be no denying it. And I saw
    it coming so long ago. As
    soon as I saw that the
    Internet was for real, it
    all lay out before me. That
    was 15 years ago, and only
    now is it really asserting
    itself as I envisioned it
    then. And not just for me.

    It is doing so for you, and
    for countless others as
    well. To read what I saw in
    the fall of 1993, go here:
    spaciouspresent.com/b
    log/?tag=TheGlobalInternet

    Thank you for being you, for
    being in my life and on my
    planet. I can hardly wait to
    see where we go next. Saddle
    up, Pilgrim. We're burnin'
    daylight.

  • Village

    Village

    As usual, you were way ahead of me.:love:

    As usual, you were way ahead of me.love

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