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February 5, 2009

This Wonderful Life

What Are Your 25 Things?



If you’re already a Facebook user, you know exactly what I mean when I ask what your 25 things are. If you’re not on Facebook, I’ll take just a minute to explain. Facebook is an online tool where you can create your own profile and keep in touch with friends and family, and even meet new friends. You can also see lots of photos of your children, grandchildren and potential employees behaving badly at drunken college parties. So it’s a lot of fun.



In the past few weeks, there has been a note going around where people will write 25 random things about themselves (often taking hours to compose the randomness), and then ``tag’’ 25 friends, who are instructed to write their own 25 things list, and tag 25 of their friends. It’s like an environmentally friendly chain letter.



And like many chain letters, some of us tried to resist this one the first few times we were tagged. I mean, it’s bad enough to maintain a personal presence on a website without publishing a long list devoted entirely to yourself. That’s just narcissistic. You’re no better than a newspaper columnist, at that point.



Slowly, they started falling prey, though. Even friends who rolled their eyes at the list started writing them. Some did it tongue-in-cheek, some did it with zero cynicism, some did it in ways that really took my breath away. This week, I finally did my own, which you can read at the blog — moremindfulfamily. wordpress. com û or you can read if you add me to your friends on Facebook.



The reason I broke down and wrote my list was that I loved reading the lists my friends posted. Some of these friends are new, so these lists illuminate lives about which I know very little. Other friendships go back many years, and I learn as much by the things they leave out as I do by the things they highlight.

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