A secret garden on a summer day for quiet meditation.
A quiet armchair to retreat to with a cozy book with the cell phone turned off.
These are the places where we refresh and reflect.
Even in the midst of social interaction, we crave private conversations. A whispered hallway conversation with a colleague away from the bustle of the water cooler. An after work cocktail with a few key friends.
I have a friend who would always disappear at a big party. Invariably, you’d find him off in the garage or up in the attic having a private party within the party.
In these days of Social Media, many of us live increasingly in the public eye. We’ve broken down the silos and torn down the walled gardens.
But now we’re all awfully exposed.
What I write here can be viewed by anyone. What I say on Twitter can be viewed by anyone. What I update on my Facebook status can be viewed by lots of people (not anyone – I have designated my FB friends and set my privacy settings, but 300 people isn’t really a private place, is it? And I don’t bother with the selective status updates, although I could.)
I love Social Media. I’ve connected and learned more through these tools than I ever dreamed of…
But…it has it’s drawbacks.
If you’re big into Social Media you may have started feeling SocialMediaFatigue (it’s a new syndrome I’ve invented, nickname SoMeFat). But there’s a cure.
Sometimes you just need to turn it OFF for awhile. But for me, that’s practically impossible. I like being connected. I like talking to my friends.
As in the real world. we need our private places within Social Media. A place to let your Social Media hair down and hide from the public eye.
So I say, go off and find your own Secret Garden. A place within the hustle and the bustle where you can have group chats with your friends who are located all around the country or the world.
Facebook has private groups (you can even make ‘em secret so nobody knows you’re there…shhh….) It’s like having a private party within the big party.
Facebook isn’t the only tool that gives us this a private room, but it sure is ubiquitous and easy to use.
Go find your own. Make it special. Make it secret. Find some relief.
(And then be sure and come back and join the rest of the party!)
Photo credit: The Secret Bower by Athena’s Pix