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The absurd effect - from ego to caring

Monday, October 12, 2009

Today I am celebrating 30 days on Spark Paople - hopefully the first 30 of many. As a happy surprise I had 25 points to start with this morning and got 20 from the wheel - wow, 45 p before I have done anything, great!
As I have already admitted, I am an opc (obsessive point collector) so I do all the things I can every day to get points - reading articles, huddling, commenting... My original purpose is egoistic - I want those points! - but the effect is that I contrubute and get support. As I "have" to comment on another members blog, I engage in it and write something meaningful (to me at least, I don´t know if the recipients thinks so) I do want to show the respect of not just writing "me too" to get those points. Well, I DO write "me toos" also, as well as use a "show your mood with an emoticon"-post to fill my daily board post quota, but I do a lot of other posts as well. I do not respond to a post or blog without reading it and I try to contribute by saying something useful...
In twelvestep program there are a lot of truthful sayings - like "You can´t give what you don´t have" and "to recieve, you have to give" And those silly points helps me to give - goodies, comments, support. And I get goodies, comments and support in return.

I love it.

Another twelvestepsaying: "Belief without action is dead". Ambitions and wishes and dreams are a good start but it won´t work if you don´t work it. Points help me to "just do it", I am grateful!

Getting 1 point for this was the kick-in-the-butt I needed to actually finish it and post it, it IS hard for a foreigner to express an inner discussion in english - and I could of course get the same point by writing "today is monday" but this is the beauty for me with the points - I use my competetive instinct (I want most points ever!) to do mind work thats really good for my personal growth.

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    I am glad you type in english, I hope I get what you are saying as well. It would be cool if you types it in swedish once!

    points points points! YIPPPPEEEEEEEEEEe
    3711 days ago
    keep collecting points, it keeps you on spark and keeps you reading and learning. Be accountable for your foods, exercise and your positive thoughts. Keep up the good work, congratulations on your first 30 days here!
    3711 days ago
    Hehe... I am the very same way you are about point. And I don't think it is a bad thing. I think anything that gets you in the action, even if it is just to collect points, is a good thing. After all, in collecting points you ultimately have to read, comprehend, process, think about things, think enough to actually comment on things... it's all a part of the process. For people like me who are not so great at getting involved it is a super first step into getting involved. If there weren't points to be earned I am sure I would just read and stay in the background forever. So I, for one, think it doesn't matter why you are getting points. If it is right for you it is right for you! And tack for the goody! I sure appreciate it! express yourself very well ... I can't believe you are writing in a second language. Impressive!
    3711 days ago
    "me too" hi i am lakewoodgardens or bill and you commented on my blog, so i thought i would come over and see yours. there certainly is some value in collecting points as then you spend more time on the website. i think i did that for 3 or 4 months, then somebody made me feel bad for being focussed on points so i quit doing it. don't let yourself get talked out of it. i think it helps to be trying to get points. what 12 step program are you in. i'm in AA and have gone to a few OA meetings, but never caught on to OA.
    3711 days ago
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