Ampen, Don’t Dampen

Ampen, don't dampen

A week of reflection. Finding that friends were hurting and we didn’t know. Knowing that I’d been hurt as well. What to do? What to think? What to say?

A slogan from Terry jingling around in my head resulted in the above poem.

A conversation yesterday to help others with their research gave further chance to pause and reflect on some of the highs and lows of some of my more recent online interactions …

Being told my philosophy is not worth consideringFriends remixing and enhancing my words and images and sharing them with the world
Being told I was only worth befriending as a means to meeting other friendsA friend inviting me into their Digital Lighthouse
Discovering that other "researchers" had stolen our researchFriends liking and retweeting the things I make and write
Seeing some writing pulled apart maliciouslyFriends annotating some of my writing in
Postcards from friends dropping through my letterbox and cheering my soul
The anticipation of each new Daily Create
Sharing photos for Silent Sunday
A kind soul listening and helping me to find a better skin for Mastodon
I could go on, and on, and on with these acts of kindness ...

So is it worth it? Well, it’s not  a cost-benefit analysis, but I am happy to have all of the friends that I have, and I will try to ampen, not dampen – to celebrate all the wonderful things I see online, and ignore those that I think are less wonderful. Here’s the poem again as hieroglyphics for today’s Daily Create.

Ampen, Don't Dampen


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4 Responses to Ampen, Don’t Dampen

  1. dogtrax says:

    I am struck the chart, for the ways you were sad. And then I see the ways you were happy outnumbered the sad. That doesn’t mean the sad was faded out or balanced out by the happy. One does not negate the other. But it means there was light from the lighthouse, and you saw it from the distance, and perhaps it is helping you (me, us) find each other. See you there. As always.

    • NomadWarMachine says:

      Yes – I was thinking that the things that make me sad often take centre stage, and can overshadow all the many more things that are positive, and that I want to change that focus. Thank you for all you do.

  2. When I consider the epic weight of happy I see above, all I can see is this from a Road Runner Cartoon with Wily Coyote being the sad:

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