I am not exactly sure what is precipitating some of my normal thought processes lately but a very unusual thought came into my mind today and that has to do with the behavior of those with whom I have been interacting lately. What I have noticed is that whether it has been in the social media world or in my own personal life where I am interacting with lots of people on a daily basis in other ways, something has changed. There is a kinder, gentler and more tolerant feeling in the air and I must say that I just love it.
“I can’t tell you how refreshing this new world is to me. “Barbara Jacoby
I didn’t notice it at first. I didn’t realize how nice it was when I was sitting in on a virtual meeting where everyone seemed to be interacting very well and not making smart comments or providing snarky remarks if they were not in agreement with an idea that seemed way off the mark from what was being discussed. Now it seemed that those same suggestions were met with silence and a bit of misdirection in order to move on to the next idea or topic. In the past, after such a meeting had ended, some people might have been angry because they felt like their time had been wasted and talked about how stupid or dumb the person was who completely missed the mark. But, that seems not to be happening anymore.
I have also noticed the same in the social media world where it seems like some of the negative drama of disagreement that may have been seen in the past is negligible now. In the past, if someone was of an opposing opinion, the responses may have become a personal attack. This is not to say that it no longer exists but what now happens is that if someone chooses to go in such a direction, they will not receive a response and more than likely will be deleted from at least any exchange if not from the recipients’ network platform.
I can’t tell you how refreshing this new world is to me. It helps when you can focus on the things that really count like great ideas, thoughts, perceptions and exchanges rather than trying to figure out how to defend your own point of view and your right to share it without being attacked. It is nice to have a true brainstorming session where all ideas are allowed and accepted without judgment, especially when they may be so far out of the box that they reside in the next county. It is so awesome to support those around you in any way possible with regard to what they may be dealing with in their lives. This includes not only the grand gestures that are given at the time of major life events but also just listening when someone needs to vent a little.
I don’t know what has caused the changes that I am seeing in my world but I sure am glad that I have finally noticed them and I am hoping that this is also occurring for everyone else as well. I am surmising that the things that we are seeing and hearing in the news are not, for most, a part of our own reality as we are living our own lives so differently. I can’t believe that it is just me because I see it all around me with interactions that are outside of my control. I want what I am seeing and experiencing for everyone else, too, and I will do whatever I can to keep it going in my world. And if it isn’t happening yet in your world, I sure hope that you will find the inspiration to create such a world around you. It is unlike anything I could have imagined ahead of time if I had been out to create such an existence and I am grateful that the world is evolving this way. We all deserve it.
Barbara Jacoby is an award winning blogger that has contributed her writings to multiple online publications that have touched readers worldwide.