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14 Responses to ““Me Too” People”

  1. Ron Morley says:

    I am thankful for your insights and perceptions about many of your writings , however, this one on “listening” has to be your masterpiece. It’s best advice is good news, you state that we can learn the art. So as never to be a ” me too” person again , why woulnt we all start today? I am!!!
    Excellent!

    Ron Morley

  2. Elliott James says:

    Mike, you hit the nail smack dab on the head and buried it deep! Good job, maybe this explains why I’m able too sit deep in the woods 20 feet up in a tree for eight hours and be still. La Dolce Vita!

  3. George Cisneros says:

    Exceptional again. Woody Allen’s – Blue Jasmine is an amazing, dare say documentary,
    on our culture’s journey down this path, from many angles. So much of Scripture jumped out at me as I watched, especially Proverbs.

  4. Gerard Weldele says:

    After reading the post and replies, all I can say is “Me too”.

  5. marble says:

    I had been wondering why more and more online “news” items have “stunning” or “shocking” or “explosive” in the headlines. . . .

    I thought about it again just this morning, reading a headline “Fans React to Bruno Mars’ Stunning Display.” Stunning. Really? Stunning?

    Why is everything suddenly stunning? Or explosive? Or bizarre? Or “You won’t believe what So-and-So did!”? Well, maybe Bruno Mars was stunning – it was hard to figure out what to concentrate on especially after the fireworks started going off, and then half-naked tattooed men appeared on stage and started leaping around in an apparent frenzy, and. . . . oops, sorry. Stunning. Right.

    Enter this essay. For which, thank you. These thoughts give traction – hopefully not as a “Me too!” real life example! [grin]

    Seriously, the question becomes what we will attend to, and when we are already bombarded by constant chirps and tweets and have accustomed ourselves (so we think) to tuning out the unimportant, suddenly you might find that you’re actually watching the ads and tuning out the important. . . . Then, there is also the question of attention span, which seemingly grows shorter and shorter as it becomes more and more fractured as we “multi-task” and think we are still paying attention.

    After listening to understand, there is also application. Applying what we’ve learned. “So let it be written; so let it be done!” to quote a king. Heading over to give fair notice that I’ll be off facebook for a while.

  6. Bob Lewis says:

    Terrific. Listening is an activity requiring self-lessness, a quality sadly lacking today.

    Me-to?

  7. Sunnie says:

    Beautifully written……….As Always!

  8. Greg says:

    This is great, Mike. It reminds of an article I wrote once. It was really great…
    Just kidding.
    I’ll be reflecting on the idea that solitude helps us remember that we’re not essential to the equation. That is refreshing on many levels.

  9. Barnabas says:

    I hesitate to respond Mike. Excellent alarm call. We live in a data soaked age that reacts to minutest change in the stock exchanges. Data processing the life out of us.In the context of resonating to an animal instinct.
    Undermining knowledge, understanding and wisdom.
    Listening with our senses, has been reduced to reacting to what we hear or see. Responsibility has been shunned.
    Time to be still and listen, is in short supply.
    Learning the unforced rhythms of grace.

  10. Tom Nelson says:

    Mike…Your piece was excellently written. Thanks for the reminder of the timely and timeless importance of the practices of Jesus.

  11. Rochelle Raimão says:

    Wow.

    Wow.
    Thank you Mike! Great alarm call indeed.

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  13. Barnabas says:

    http://www.biblesociety.org.uk/about-bible-society/our-work/lyfe/lyfe-sessions/still-lyfe-intro/

  14. Rebecca Tversky says:

    Great insight and ideas. To listen well, we need to curate the information coming in. Cut off the automatic messages and contact alarms. Schedule time for checking messages and responding to connect with people. Choose TV programs, don’t sit down and channel surf. The person we are speaking with is the most important one now, and listening will help us connect more than talking. It is hard to break the nervous habit of chatter at first, but the practice brings the lovely silence in to surround us.

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