Ever had the experience of something in the world of the web referencing, and then enlightening, something in your real world? Happened to me the other day when I received this prompt: If the link above does not appear clickable, or does not open a browser window when you click it, copy it and paste it into your web browser’s location bar.
Clickable. My latest example of the Web launching a 20th century word (click) into the 21st, giving it a specific meaning (the word now serves as an electronic/linguistic portkey from one web page to another), and in so doing opens up an entire arena for rumination on social relationships. At least for yours truly. Think, “She friended me.” Or, “I got unfriended” by my kid. Which takes me back to clickable.
Consider the clickable entities in your life. Spouse, friends, job. When we say we “click” with a certain person or activity, what we are saying is that being with them has opened up a whole new world of experience. When something clicks, there is a definite before and after. In the time it takes to snap your fingers (also called ‘clicking your fingers’ I have learned by how else? clicking a few links), something shifts: you have a new friend, the first shimmerings of a love interest, even a great new sweater to wear with that skirt you bought that you don’t know what to do with.
Might the measure of our days, perhaps our lives even, be viewed by how suffused they are with clickable moments, people, and activities? We rely on our inner voice, that feeling in our gut that tells us whether or not something clicks. The more of these moments we have, the more we create around ourselves a web of support, a richness of experiences.
There’s magic in the air when we recognize we’ve clicked with someone or something. We experience a quick intake of breath, a flash of anticipation, a smile of wonder. The more I think about it, the more apt the metaphor of a portkey to describe that which is clickable. And you? What’s in your life is clickable of late?