Write My Next Blog For Me. Tell Me What This Photo Says to YOU.

UPDATE: The follow-up blog post for this is now available at http://the7gracesofmarketing.com/2013/07/9-perspectives-on-a-garbage-heap-honouring-our-collective-truth/, Many thanks to all who contributed to this collaborative project!

I was walking nonchalantly down the street yesterday when something caught my eye as I passed by a neighbourhood ‘junk shop’. At first I just kept walking, but my feet suddenly halted, almost compelling me to turn back. I took out my Blackberry and took this shot:

TV-trashedTo me, this picture says 1000 words…at least. So many thoughts were running through my head as I looked at it, I decided to publish a blog post about this photo on my next blogging day (Tuesday July 2nd 2013).

But then I had another thought.

What if you told me what this photo says to YOU so we can explore our perspectives together? What if we had a dialogue right here, right now, underneath this blog post? What if we each shared what this photo says to us… even if it says NOTHING at all?

Then, on Tuesday, I’ll combine your thoughts with mine, and create something that reflects our collective response to this photo. It will be a true example of the Grace of Collaboration in action.

So how about it? Will you write the next 7 Graces blog post for me (well…with me, anyway)? Use the Facebook comments. Use the WordPress comments. Share this with others and ask them to comment. But don’t go away without saying SOMETHING. You don’t need to be profound or clever. Just share your honest response.

Start talking. I’m listening.

~ Lynn Serafinn
Lynn Serafinn author of The 7 Graces of Marketing


P.S.: The blog post I put together based on all your comments is now available at http://the7gracesofmarketing.com/2013/07/9-perspectives-on-a-garbage-heap-honouring-our-collective-truth/, Many thanks to all who contributed to this collaborative project!

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13 Responses to Write My Next Blog For Me. Tell Me What This Photo Says to YOU.

  1. Trisha Scott says:

    Garbage In Garbage Out.

  2. I think of a story about a relative of R2-D2, maybe T2-D2, and his smaller cousin B-4N4 having a confab about feeling unappreciated, tossed out after giving long and trustworthy service. But they are secretly hatching a plan of escape, and perhaps re-incarnation or re-cycling, that will be enacted when there are no human eyes on them. Stayed tuned for the next installment.
    (Well Lynn. I think in stories! And that’s what came up for me!)

  3. Linda Zeppa says:

    Below is a copy of the blog that I wrote and posted this week. The picture reminded me again. (http://intuwriting.com/blog/2013/06/24/moving-again-2/)

    Clearing…some more.
    I am moving for the fourth time in 5 years. Each time I go through things, sell, give away. I realize how attached we are to “stuff”. Memories locked in a dresser, a table, a box, a picture. Is it the thing that I am attached to or the memories, experience associated with it? If I get rid of the thing, will the memories remain? It’s all tied up in my emotional world. Clearing internally.
    Physically, this is a major move for me. I am moving away from where I have lived for 27 years. Lots of memories and emotions to clear. I am storing things and going where I feel the need be, and I know that this is not a permanent move. I don’t want to store memories and allow them to become clutter and burdens. I have to let them go and be what they need to be…lessons, joys and sorrows of a wonderful life adventure. All has made me what I am today. It is not the “things” that define me. It’s what’s inside me and that’s pretty great. That goes everywhere with me and doesn’t require a box or a moving truck.
    ©Linda Zeppa http://www.intuwriting.com

    • Nice, Linda! No one has taken the “I’m moving and de-cluttering my life” angle yet. An important perspective to be sure. Thanks so much for your contribution!

  4. Lubna says:

    Hey Lynn

    This is my neighbourhood too. I’m a crazy lady who salvages furniture – sometimes wondering when I’ll turn into Phoebe from Friends in the episode where she’s wearing Santa pants she bought from a thrift store.

    The TV speaks out to me. ” I was always on. Sometimes “just for a bit of background” – I was the one in charge of the relationship – always got my own way. You sat there for hours and hours, even when you said there were other things you wanted to do. Then I told you about a thinner, glossier, smoother TV. Lots of them actually. I didn’t think you’d let me go. There’s nothing wrong with me. I look just the same as the day you got me. My remote’s a little sticky but that’s not my fault. Though knowing you, it was the interest free-credit, just for the weekend. That’s what got you, isn’t it? Stupid thoughtless buy. And you had to throw out your uncle’s beautiful wooden table too, to let the widescreen stand in it’s full glory.
    You could have put me on Freecycle – not everyone just forks out for a new TV or is willing to whack up their credit card – or even has any left. If you didn’t want me, I’m sure there was another home…
    And I know you’ll do the same with your new TV – I’m the one who showed you the ad in the first place – and there are loads more where that’s coming from. You were on the phone ordering your new TV when an ad for an even thinner one came out. LOL.

    You don’t care that I’ll end up on a landfill site, maybe shipped off to one faraway, where western rubbish ends up. You’re ok so long as someone takes it away. So what if it’s killing the planet. The sun always shines on TV.”

    Finally – there’s a restaurant on Upper Street, where they use old TVs and monitors as fish tanks and plant pots. The picture made me think of that too …

    x x Lubna

  5. Cindy Barnes says:

    My two main thoughts on this picture are from different perspectives and they both share a root of profit without purpose.

    My first was around TV as distraction. In 1957 Edward R. Murrow said, “It might be helpful if those who control television and radio would sit still for a bit and attempt to discover what it is they care about. If television and radio are to be used to entertain all of the people all of the time, then we have come perilously close to discovering the real opiate of the people.”

    Then I was thinking about the inventors and product designers of the TVs and what they’re driven by. We humans are brilliant at innovation, our creativity is boundless and most of us will create, design and innovate just because we can, because it’s a natural human drive and one that’s kept us the dominant species for so many years.

    If innovation is always rewarded by money without strict sustainability guidelines and principles, then we’ll always get built-in obsolescence. I hope that product design is changing with the adoption of initiatives like the Circular Economy (http://www.ellenmacarthurfoundation.org ) where materials flows are designed to either re-enter the biosphere safely or circulate without entering the biosphere at all. But I fear we’re not changing fast enough.

    • Oh, Cindy, this is SUCH good stuff. So much information and very deep. I’m grateful for the input and definitely look forward to incorporating it into the blog post. Thank you!

  6. I have a couple of opposing thoughts when I see this photo. The first thought is, ‘Ooh, what goodies are here that I could recycle or use for crafting?’. I love taking old things and upcycling them or using them in new ways that wouldn’t be obvious. However, my second thought was that it wouldn’t be nice to pass this clutter on the street. Why is it ok to use the public pathways as a rubbish tip?

    • On the last comment first: This was on a corner, on the side of the building where the junk shop was. Obviously it was put out for rubbish collection (not the recycling lorries) to come around for it. The street is commercial (all shops) on one side, and then on the other side starts getting into homes. I agree it’s ugly, but it’s about 3 buildings down from people’s homes and next door to other shops, so I think people in the neighbourhood have accepted it as normal. Whether or not that’s a good thing…well.

      As to the crafting idea, one of my friends when I went to college in Boston used to do that. She raided people’s garbage and made the most AMAZING furniture and home decor from it. Sadly, I never had the crafting skill to match the wonderful creations she made. I found a beat-up old wooden rocking chair once and tried to strip it and fix it up, but I never got it to stop looking like a beat-up old rocking chair. Looked like a dog had chewed the rockers and I could never get the teeth marks out, lol.

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