You’ve seen them. You’ve likely even posted them. Memes (a humorous image, video, piece of text, etc. that is copied, often with slight variations, and spread rapidly by Internet users) that feature quotes from notable authors. They parody politicians. And sometimes they just suggest that you, “Keep calm and [insert word or phrase here].” Memes resonate for a wide array of audiences and are shared and re-shared ad nauseam.
 
The frequency of the sharing of and commenting on memes is so high, I challenge you to answer the following question: What do you meme?
 
Now before you start thinking about the content you recently shared/posted, let me explain the question and why I ask it.
 
wonderScrolling through a news feed recently I noticed a trend in the person’s threads: They were all inspirational/motivating quotes from what I’ll call “the usual suspects” of my circles: Rumi, Deepack Chopra, Ghandi, Marianne Williamson, David Whyte, Abraham Hicks, Brené Brown and others. And while I appreciate and agree with much of what is quoted, I began to wonder if there was anything about the person who posted them that couldn’t be found in a quote from someone else. I started to wonder if they ever had and shared an original thought. I started to question how well they really knew themselves. I thought of a parrot, just mimicking what it heard without any real conscious thought or questioning.
 
It’s very easy and even “safe” to quote the people that we know are likely to be accepted, agreed with and “liked” by our audience of friends. It’s even easy to quote them if we know they won’t be agreed with or “liked” if the quoted person is notable enough. But what about putting out something truly original, to be accepted, rejected or even ignored? Now THAT can be scary.
 
But fortune favors the bold. Nicolaus Copernicus suggested that sun was the center of our solar system, and not the Earth. This upset 1,500 years of conventional thought at the time. Talk about risky?! Up until more modern times suggesting anything that went against conventional thought could get someone excommunicated, ostracized or even killed. Today it isn’t quite so extreme. You may end up in an argument with a complete online stranger or perhaps the worst fate of all, unfriended. (OH, THE HUMANITY!)
 
So I ask you again: What do you meme? If you were to post your own thought, idea, or notable quote, what would it be? What would be shared by the generations behind you? Who would be quoting you? *Comment and share!
 
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Executive coach and motivational speaker Chris M. King facilitates the mind shift necessary for professionals and organizations to achieve authentic success and empowerment. Clients experience productivity increases of up to 40%, freedom from burnout and overwhelm, clarity in times of transition, dramatically improved work/life balance, answers to "what's next," creative solutions for innovation, and an overall increase in satisfaction in career and in life. And he does all of this without ever giving advice! Chris doesn't show them THE way. He guides them in finding THEIR way. An emerging thought leader in the men's movement, Chris also works with professional men and women on accountability, vulnerability, and empowerment. He specifically addresses the issues associated with mid-life crises and Peter Pan Syndrome. He is a volunteer for ManKind Project International, a contributing author to The Good Men Project and Elephant Journal, and is honored to be working with Sam Morris as a contributor to Zen Warrior Training®, helping people achieve self-mastery. Chris is also a coach at Project Bully Buster, coaching teens as they navigate the challenges of adolescence. He is honored to work with and support organizations dedicated to the men’s movement, to women's issues, and, as brother to a special needs sister, the US Special Olympics. Chris is currently working on his first book.

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  • Jamie Locke Reply

    Chris, i enjoyed reading your thoughts. Thank you for sharing

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