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How Twitter Can Make Life More Contemplative

My experiment with Twitter began about a month ago.  I've been surprised at some of the positive results. Apparently I'm not the only one.

Lately though, and maybe it's because Holy Week is about to begin, I've been enjoying some of the contemplative benefits of Twitter.  And here they are:

  • A Twittered life appreciates the simple things. Some things that folks Twitter about are seemingly odd.  When someone's sick or when a woman is giving birth- neither are activities that I want the inside scoop on but thankfully, there are probably a few thousand others who do find that intriguing.  What Twitter does provide is a chance to track simple things that crop up in all of our lives. Twitter makes them seem mysteriously interesting.

  • A Twittered life shares ordinary moments with those who care about you. I enjoy learning about folks that I follow on Twitter.  One is a triathalete. One blogs for a living.  One is a professional juggler.  Somehow, the more we all Twitter, the more we care.

  • A Twittered life finds meaning through work. One guy just bought a new labeler.  Another is processing his in-box and a college friend is following her passion through non-profit work.  It's all work and it's pretty darn interesting.

  • A Twittered life appreciates nature. I've never been to California but I follow those who post about it.  Likewise, Wisconsin isn't at the top of my list but I find it more intriguing as a result of Twitter.


How's Twitter impacting your contemplative life?

*Photo by Maynard