Community and Technology: a Conversation with Alyse Speyer and Achille Ramambason Part 2
When you go through challenges in life, your community and who you keep close to you really matters. Friends really lighten the moments, because life is better when shared together. There’s also no substitute for great chemistry, especially between friends. How does this happen? Sometimes it's simply a matter of trusting that the person you are with has no judgement on you whatsoever. This is an effect that years of friendship and community can have on us. But what if we shortened that time and just allowed ourselves to deeply conenct with each other and, again, listen to what's happening in someone's life.
When you approach people and the world with love, energy is infinite. As humans we have an innate desire to genuinely want to help in the way that we can. Sometimes, the best thing you can do is just show up, be present, and, be yourself.
Another avenue is to simply let go and let the good things in life come to you. Friends, family, and even strangers will show up in the way that they want to and the way that they can. It might not be in the way you expect, but it will always be in the way you need. It's growth. And it could also be that the biggest growth is asking for help and focusing on those who are full enough to give you from their overflow.
Community is what can help you get through the times in your life. And if you're on your own, community is something you have to build. Because sometimes you go to a place with an objective and something else shows up. How will you react to that? How will you show up to the differences in life?
It certainly helps to be the observer in life. Treat it like a meditation in and of itself. Then you might start to see that coincidences aren’t actually random.
Staying connected doesn't mean being obsessively attached to your devices and to technology and social media. We've all heard before that some of us treat our cell phones like another limb. Well, if they are another limb, then why not treat it as one? You wouldn't hit yourself in the head with your hand, so why would you with your phone?
Choose to own your devices otherwise they will own you. Put your phone on airplane mode or silence throughout your day and especially at night before you go to bed. This will help you use your phone when you want it without being bombarded by urgent, but not important messages.