On discombobulation and why slacktivism’s okay

Last week, I was having a bit of a blah week. I’d go so far as to say I was feeling a bit directionless and discombobulated. (Interestingly, there’s no such thing as bobulated or combobulated for that matter, though I’m not the first person to notice this.)

Anyway, @andrewonadventure’s solution was to send me this:

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Go on: click. You know you want to.

Not quite the same as flowers or a hug, you might say?

Well, actually, I reckon it was in the same ballpark.

You see, I happen to know that last week @andrewonadventure was very busy. He had a lot on his plate, so the fact that he interrupted his work to send me an email was okay by me. Plus, he knew I’d like it because a) it was a reminder to interrupt the story in my head; and b) it would make me laugh. Which it did.

It’s the same when it comes to ‘liking’ or ‘hearting’ or signing petitions. I don’t mind doing this stuff if I’m in agreement with the sentiment. I don’t do it all the time, but if I have the option and I have the time, it only takes a split-second … and it’s a win-win.

Why? Firstly, my actions are supporting someone else’s good will or offering. And, secondly, my participation is evidence that I’ve committed to a moment of positive thought. Because each moment counts.

Especially the ones in between states of high-functioning bobulation.

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Thanks Urban Dictionary.

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Yes, it’s a short post this week. Because – proof of my discombobulation – I neglected to save last week’s draft post. Yep. Just walked away from the computer.

A few consolation prizes:

Here’s an article on why fake smiling is surprisingly beneficial.

And another one on how feeling directionless or discombobulated can be allayed by tidying up your house.

And finally, here’s @swissbizchick’s fabulous take on campaigns like the ice bucket challenge.

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