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.
Thanks for reading