Or—How I Learned to Change My Obsessions and Find My Life Again
by Daniel D. Maurer
Nearly two weeks ago, I found this lovely little message on my Facebook fan page for Transformation is Real:
Needless to say, I was a bit perturbed. I thought the issue would be resolved quickly, because it's so obviously an error.
I mean . . . this blog is about personal transformation—not the promotion of prescription pharmaceuticals!
The sheer absurdity of the whole situation was laughable.
However . . .
In my one appeal to Facebook (they give you just one), I made sure to make it abundantly clear that this was all just a mistake. One day went by. Then two. Then a week. There seems to be no apparent end to my frustration.
To make matters worse there is no one I can complain to! Every Google search I attempt gives me equally unhelpful information and links to "help" forums where other poor souls cry out with evidently impotent-yet-unheard pleas for some semblance of customer support. No one seems to give any answers except . . . wait until they deal with it.
This all leads me to believe that Facebook does not consider us customers. No. I think actually they consider us cogs in a giant, faceless machine that has grown so large and unwieldy as to render it useless to anyone who wants to resolve a problem. What's ironic is that I have paid them real money to develop a following of nearly 13,000 people!
But enough of my ranting.
After all, this is a blog about change. Transformation. How people can change even through the most preposterous of situations.
I haven't been on social media very much since it happened. A bit on Twitter every day, and a nod to check into my messages, but otherwise, I've buried myself in work and spent time with my family.
Here's what I've discovered . . .
Over the past five years, I've grown too obsessed with Facebook.
This isn't a huge revelation for me. In fact, I already knew that I had a problem. But now, I've found that I simply don't give a shit about it . . . my business page will get fixed when it gets fixed. Or, it won't.
BUT. I DO NOT. CARE.
What I DO care about is still reaching an audience to share that transformation is real, recovery from addiction readily happens every day, and people do have the capacity to change.
(And Facebook is a darn good place to do that. But, whatever.)
Also, here's a sample of something else I discovered this afternoon . . .
THERE IS A WHOLE WORLD OUT THERE . . . A MAGICAL (Winter) WONDERLAND
I don't make a habit of stating the painfully obvious on this blog. I mean, I really don't want to waste your time.
But, really, after you're done reading this little ditty from me . . . just stop.
Stop what you're doing. Put down your phone or close your laptop. Go live life. It's away from a screen, I guarantee you that.
So, as a parting gift, I'd like to THANK Facebook for giving me this realization for today. That, after all, life can and does exist without you.
(Plus, there's a chance this week that NATIONAL PUBLIC RADIO will be interviewing me about my frustrations I've had. We'll see . . . but this really could be the goose that laid the golden egg!! Stay tuned, kiddos. - DDM)
Daniel D. Maurer is a nationally recognized and award-winning author and speaker. He also keeps this funky blog. He lives in St. Paul, Minnesota, the world's coolest city for writers, with his family, a dog, and two cats.
Thanks Much! And Happy Holidays, Everyone!!