A few mornings ago, I had a pleasant surprise when the phone rang and I learned it wasn’t another telemarketer! It was none other than fellow blogger, Margaret Rome! Margaret had called to help get me up to speed on the newest gee-wizzery of social media taking us by storm, since the pandemic has secluded many inside.
Zoom video conferencing has become the rage everywhere. It’s allowing folks to gather together on-line and collaborate, socialize and share ideas. I foresee a great future for this application. However, I normally use my desktop computer to communicate, because the screen is larger than my smart phone. And, keyboarding is much simpler! My desktop doesn’t have a camera. I’m likely to be purchasing one.
Putting all that aside, Margaret and I, lamented about how competitive we can be about the simplest of things. I suspect it’s in human DNA, that we are motivated and goal oriented, in order to assure the survival of the species. But, really folks, it can border on the hilarious at times! How many of us care about those “Likes” we get on Facebook? And, what about points on the ActiveRain blogging platform! I suspect most of us do, to some degree or another.
While we can’t take those points or likes to the bank, reward systems (no matter how insignificant) can generate enough motivation to accomplish great things. For example, I wish to congratulate my grandson. Baron came to visit me for a few weeks in January. He had been trying to quit smoking for a while.
I reasoned if adult human beings could be motivated by simple points and likes, perhaps I could build him a little “Star Chart,” to help him quit. So, after procuring a little box of colored stars, I awarded him each morning, for a day passed that he hadn't lit up. He made it through his three week visit with me. It’s been several months now, and Baron continues to be tobacco free! Those little stars not only motivate kindergartners!
Thanks for allowing me to ramble on with my thoughts today. . .I hope you are all remaining safe and sane!