These beautiful Souls are not turning themselves inside out for the sake of Influence, Search Engine Optimization or Tribe Building. They share not for the purposes of accumulating Site Traffic, growing Time Spent on Page via Comments and Replies or in hopes of branding themselves as experts in living, pain, challenge or whatever.
This growing shift is being motivated by a sense of true connection ~ the knowing that, we all owe every minute of our lives to each other. We all impact each other, affect each other, become indebted to each other, empower each other, inform each other, save each other.
If we’ve been through something that changed who we might have been and served to create who we now are ~ we share that. And we share that because in many ways, one could argue in all ways. we serve as Mirrors to each other. The people we find ourselves with, online or ‘for real’, reflect something to us: Who We’re Not, Who We Are, Who We Have the Potential to Create Ourselves to Be. And at the same time – we are each reflecting THAT back to whomever is in our proximity.
What we do with that information – how we process it, use it, maximize it, or ignore it – is completely in our own control, as is the way our lives unfold as a result.
We all find what we’re looking for. Where some get lost is in the clarity and honesty needed to define what we’re really seeking vs the words we use instead. Community or Tribe vs people who get me, accept me, think like me, recognize me, support me. Conversation vs opportunities to push a point of view, to promote/sell a service/product, to grow site Traffic/SEO/Influence, etc. Authenticity vs manipulating emotion, fitting in, talking the talk not walking the talk, etc.
There is a place for everything. Marketers, Promoters, Sales and Service Professionals, Manufacturers, Retail Outlets, Hospitality Venues and more are all tapping the vein of Community, Connection, Relationship and Story-Telling to build and grow business, loyalty, profit and more. What has murked the waters for seekers is their own inability to know the difference between a Tactical Connection Strategy and an outreach for genuine Human Connection.
There’s a quiet and significant shift taking place though. Individuals with the insight to see through what’s not working for them, the intelligence and clarity to determine why and the where-with-all to harness the aspects that do work with the Creativity, Compassion and Love to employ that in significant ways toward meeting a greater need, aspects they find important for the serving of humanity as a whole: healing, empowering, inspiring, seeing, hearing, valuing and connecting.
To quote a remarkable young man who ‘has faith in people, believes in God and declares the Internet his Religion’: “We have faith that people connected can create a new world. Each one of us is a Creator, but together – we’re THE Creator.” This means lifting up and out of our own personal circumstance to acknowledge, embrace and contribute to a bigger picture ~ in ways that will last beyond the achieving of personal and individual goals.
I have spent this year-so-far getting specifically clear about the type of person I desire to be, the types of people I desire to get to know, to learn from, be inspired by, seek out as mentors and work with – and the contributions I desire to share with the world at large. I’m finding it. And when I do – I’ll share it.
In the meantime, I feel so very grateful for the Quiet, yet Significant Swell; those who are shifting how things are done. Quiet yet Significant is so much more in line with my personality type ~ and I desire to be a part of it.