Erasing My Honesty Box

Finally – Rosiehardy – Flickr

I spend too much time on Facebook. The iPhone didn’t help with this problem. As I grapple with this, I’m trying not to judge myself too much for it. Hopefully it will lead to greater communication skills and meaningful relationships. Yesterday, while chatting with someone (Facebook chat) I realized that I had somehow installed an application called “Honesty Box”. This disturbed me.

First, because I had no recollection of installing such a thing. Second, because the very principal behind it is ridiculous; the idea is for people to anonymously post what they really think of you. I deleted the application this morning.

To say that I don’t care what people think about me would be a lie. Of course I do. I think we all do to some extent. The fact is, I already know the opinions of the people I most care about. I don’t need people to scrawl secret messages to me and leave them in my inbox. Also, I would hope that if someone has something to say, they will think enough of themselves, and their opinions to not hide behind a veil of anonymity (I’ll be spell-checking the hell out of that, “anonymous” is a word I can never spell.)

In semi-related topics, my friends are incredible. I feel really fortunate to have such giving, loving people in my life. Collectively they are all intelligent, creative, kind, hilarious, and entertaining. The inspire me to be a better person, and hopefully a better friend.

I think the people we keep close to us are a reflection of who we are, or who we aspire to be. Never underestimate the restorative powers of a quiet dinner in, with good people, good wine, great food, and a giant, three-legged dog snoring peacefully on your lap.

Friday poem:

Alright team, here’s the mission at hand:
It’s still in development, but here’s what I’ve planned;
I’m setting my sights on an interesting prize,
Past goals haven’t really been goals of this size.
Your help will be needed, your thoughts and ideers.
Your love and support, to fight through all my fears.
Since the thought first occurred, I believe it’s expanded,
The stakes are now higher, I could leave empty-handed.
And perhaps once in motion I’ll be let down;
By bad social skills, or by the buzz in this town.
Perhaps I’ll be bored, or perhaps be offended.
Perhaps expectations should be open-ended?
I know on some levels, this idea is crazy,
And I know in some ways it’s just me being lazy,
But the whole big idea speaks to a theme,
Of setting your sights and daring to dream.
So if I get shut-out, if defense is tight,
I will say that I tried it with all of my might.




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  1. April 11, 2009 / 8:26 pm

    Now, I’m not discounting how awesome and thought provoking that was – I figured it might have seemed that way if I had just left a comment that didn’t acknowledge it and went right into my little “holy-crap-I-can’t-spell-anonymous-either!” diatribe. Because it is and I do.