“Everything has beauty, but not everyone sees it.”
I admit that when I first signed up for Twitter in the spring of 2008, I didn’t really “get it”. It took months for me to “see the beauty”, even though the awesomeness of Twitter had been there all along.
Twitter really came alive for me when I began to see it as a mirror for life. I realized that Twitter teaches us everything we’ll ever need to know in 5 simple tips:
1. We Are Interconnected
Twitter is an interconnected web of life. What I tweet has an effect on you, and what you tweet has an effect on me. Twitter thrives on interconnectivity.
Just like Twitter, our lives depend on interconnection. We’re connected to each other, and we’re connected to the planet. When we’re aware that our existence depends on this interconnectivity, we live more compassionately.
2. What We Give Out, We Get Back
Most people have realized by now that selfishness doesn’t get you very far on Twitter. If all your tweets are promotional in nature or if you don’t bother responding to mentions, be prepared to lose followers fast.
Similarly in life, if all you care about is yourself and have no regard for others, you’re destined to an empty, lonely existence. The way to become successful in life (and on Twitter) is to lose yourself in giving. What can I do for you? How can I serve? Using your unique gifts and talents in service to others brings immeasurable meaning to life and returns to you multiplied.
3. We Choose Our Thoughts
On Twitter, we choose our tweets (a.k.a. thoughts). These choices affect our relationships, reputation, and influence on Twitter. Our tweets affect our future experience online.
In life, we also choose each thought we think. These thoughts affect our relationships, reputation, and influence. Every thought we think affects our future experience of life.
When we become aware that we have the power to choose our thoughts, we choose more carefully. We choose thoughts that sustain rather than destroy us.
4. Our Power is in the Present Moment
Tweets have a very short shelf life. What you tweeted yesterday and what you’re going to tweet tomorrow is of no value. It’s what you’re tweeting NOW that is going to have an impact.
Likewise in life, all we really have is now. Yesterday and tomorrow are irrelevant – they only exist in our minds. This “now” moment is all you’ll ever have, so what are you doing with it? What are you thinking and feeling now? Now is where your power is. Now is all that matters.
5. Life is Simple
On twitter, we only have 140 characters to express ourselves. Simple. Straightforward. Easy.
Life can also be simple and easy. We can lose the drama. We can get to the point. We can decide what we want and go for it. Life is only complicated when you think it is.
I have a very simple formula for a happy life, which I tweet in only 32 characters:
What do you love to do? Do that.