The city of Texarkana sits squarely on the state border between Texas and Arkansas. The city of 70,000 inhabitants has two mayors, two city councils, and two police and fire departments. The cross-town sporting rivalry between high schools draws an uncommonly high attendance, reflecting the deep allegiance each has to their own state’s school. More significant challenges arise as well, such as disputes over the shared water system, governed by two sets of state laws. Yet the town is known for its unity despite the line that divides it. Residents gather annually for a dinner held on State Line Avenue to share a meal in celebration of their oneness as a community.
Oneness of a community —what a brilliant sentiment and worthy celebration. And precisely our objective over many years of developing what we like to refer to as our “conscious community”, where folks can be seen, valued and heard without judgment, and where authenticity and genuine relationships reign supreme. A community built upon the kind of connection that makes this big, chaotic world feel like our own, very special little village.
Some people think they are in community, but they are only in proximity. True community requires compassion, commitment and openness. It is a willingness to extend yourself to encounter and know the other.
Real people bringing real compassion, commitment, and openness. Real people communicating with their heads and their hearts via their writing, their comments, and their online voices. It’s not about how many show up, but about who shows up with a spirit of inquiry and curiosity. Because depth and breadth of engagement is, and always will be our “secret sauce” in the recipe for inspiring real relationships. And because when all the dust settles and the day is done, that’s what really matters within our community —and that’s how we embrace and celebrate our special brand of “oneness”.
Time for More Walkin’
We do a lot of talkin’ about more walkin’ when it comes to how we operate and how we cooperate. We’ve listened and we’ve learned from many in recent months —some who suffer from too much tagging and some who wish to be tagged more. And some who are simply overwhelmed by it all. So it’s time for us to now step up our game with more walkin’ when it comes by saying a fond farewell to mass-tagging for the benefit of what matters more. Stepping back from it all, we simply can’t capture the “madness of it all” more eloquently than that presented bravely by Kimberly Davis below ⤵︎
For Whom The Tag Tolls
Quoting from Kimberly’s Article: “Can we explore ways to collectively engage and support one another in a way that feels good to all of us? For in not having the conversation, nothing will change. … How can we use this incredible technology we’ve been given to serve the difference we aim to make in the world rather than overwhelm us? How do we ensure that we’re not just talking to ourselves all the time? I think, like everything in life, it calls for us to go back to our core.”
So it’s back to our core we go when it comes to that 800lb gorilla called LinkedIn. Not tomorrow, not someday soon, but starting right now, right here —we are a “tag-free” zone. What does that mean? Quite simply, no more “mass-tagging” except for this final article (consistent with Mr. Chaplin’s perspective below) to make the case, and for those important times when we welcome new Contributors to our core community or those rare occasions where we decide a worthy exception is in order. Period.
I suppose that’s one of the ironies of life —doing the wrong thing at the right moment.
But we want you to keep on keepin’ on when it comes to joining the discussion(s) because that’s where real relationships happen. Please don’t misinterpret this as a promo, but as an opportunity to experience genuine engagement beneath the surface:
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We’re Better Together
We stand with Kimberly and so many others who recognize that “the madness of tagging is a problem worth addressing“. Now let us all move on to the bigger issues, as we continue to show up, step, and speak up —celebrating our “oneness as a community” every step of the way. They say that the next evolutionary step for humankind is to move from human to kind. Won’t you kindly move forward with us?