Monday, May 5, 2014

Why 'Social' Media is better as 'Soulful' Media

"There is no human achievement without inspiration, passion and the dreaming of something never before seen, heard or done."

After many years of people tweeting, pinning, posting, sharing, promoting and bringing their wares to the web, the root of what motivates people is the same as it ever was.

Things like love, appreciation, kindness, compassion, support and a bit of fun will always be more powerful than any other motivators or fear tactics that people may try.

These positive vibes can be conveyed in many ways but at their core they represent one thing: 
They serve to lift us higher.

Imagine a world where all communications were designed to inspire and lift us higher.

Here is to helping create more and more of that world every day.
Here is to a world of Soulful Social Media.

For some well written inspiration, read on...

Here is some great inspiration, 
in the form of a poem called 'The Invitation' by Oriah.

"It doesn’t interest me
what you do for a living.
I want to know
what you ache for
and if you dare to dream 
of meeting your heart’s longing. 

It doesn’t interest me 
how old you are.
I want to know
if you will risk
looking like a fool
for love
for your dream
for the adventure of being alive. 

It doesn’t interest me 
what planets are 
squaring your moon... 
I want to know 
if you have touched 
the centre of your own sorrow 
if you have been opened 
by life’s betrayals 
or have become shrivelled and closed 
from fear of further pain. 

I want to know 
if you can sit with pain 
mine or your own 
without moving to hide it 
or fade it 
or fix it. 

I want to know 
if you can be with joy 
mine or your own 
if you can dance with wildness 
and let the ecstasy fill you 
to the tips of your fingers and toes 
without cautioning us 
to be careful 
to be realistic 
to remember the limitations 
of being human. 

It doesn’t interest me 
if the story you are telling me 
is true. 
I want to know if you can 
disappoint another 
to be true to yourself. 
If you can bear 
the accusation of betrayal 
and not betray your own soul. 
If you can be faithless 
and therefore trustworthy. 

I want to know if you can see Beauty 
even when it is not pretty 
every day. 
And if you can source your own life 
from its presence. 

I want to know 
if you can live with failure 
yours and mine 
and still stand at the edge of the lake 
and shout to the silver of the full moon, 

It doesn’t interest me 
to know where you live 
or how much money you have. 
I want to know if you can get up 
after the night of grief and despair 
weary and bruised to the bone 
and do what needs to be done 
to feed the children. 

It doesn’t interest me
who you know 
or how you came to be here. 
I want to know if you will stand 
in the centre of the fire 
with me 
and not shrink back. 

It doesn’t interest me 
where or what or with whom
you have studied. 
I want to know 
what sustains you 
from the inside 
when all else falls away. 

I want to know 
if you can be alone 
with yourself 
and if you truly like 
the company you keep 
in the empty moments. 

By Oriah © Mountain Dreaming, from the book The Invitation 
published by HarperONE, San Francisco,  1999 All rights reserved