Aha moments are a trending title these days with Oprah and Brene` Brown on the forefront of the media coverage around finding our soul in a society warped by appearance and short-term fixes of every kind. Consider the meme phenomena of social media, which is often criticized as a lazy venting of semi-cooked thoughts. It also might be that memes are often a simplified nugget of a person’s aha-ha moment. I've been called out online for
spiritual bypassing with the memes and things I repost. Wow was that an important learning experience! Even the shortest and most heartfelt sharings and reposts can cause harm. I was grateful for the call out in the end and find myself even more vigilant of what and how I re-post ever since. Here is a recent meme I created and posted in a therapist group online:
Part of me felt tickled in this experience and posted it because I knew it would get a laugh and part of it was a conversation piece in the ongoing debate of confidentiality and technology in mental health. I was mildly haunted by this incident and craved an ah-hah moment beyond the awkward laughter between my client and myself. The residual disturbance of my therapy space included brief fantasies of installing a metal detector outside my office. I found myself wondering if technology might be listening more than we think. Eventually my meme brought me into an awareness of other's memes and wondering why we post on social media when we do versus just enjoying an experience or meme someone else posted without jumping to share.
What kinds of things do you re-post or create and post that encapsulate your ah-hah moment?
Sometimes I also wonder if we use social media like a voyeuristic journal because we are so separated in life (including with all the distraction from ourselves!). I wonder if some memes are posted with the underlying thought: "Maybe someone else will get what I’m saying and I’ll be less alone in the world."
How often do your memes create contemplative, angry, or even sympathetic responses?
OR, What kinds of memes do you think people will remember you for? At least on Facebook, you can create polls that show what your social media community thinks. Here is one I created.
Suggestion: Try making a poll online and find out about the impact you have on others. Then, comment here to report on what this post makes you want to keep doing or do differently about how you share what matters to you?
About the Author
Ruth Diaz, LPC, Psy.D. is a counselor, consultant, and coach on returning to compassionate connection in relationship with ourselves and each other at every level. She works as an organizational consultant and therapist in Portland, Oregon.