I saw a quote by C.S Lewis last week “Isn’t it funny how day by day nothing changes, but when you look back, everything is different…”. This is one reason I try to journal everyday. I like to look back on how things have changed. Sometimes it reminds me of the things that need change.
A couple of weeks ago Carissa O’Brien reminded me of one of my favorite blog posts, one that was inspired by a conversation she and I had during the last day of CES 2011 in Las Vegas. She had found it using Timehop, an app for iPhone that pulls your tweets, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Foursquare and Flickr posts from exactly one year segments ago.
I was first fascinated by the app because of it’s milestones attributes just like my journals. I often look back to the exact day a year or more ago to see what I was thinking and doing. Many times those entries can be way-points in relationships, my career goals or personal milestones.
As I started to use the app I noticed something even more profound. I was seeing who I connected with most a year ago and more. People come in and out of our lives. Those that we have a deeper connection with stand the tests of time. Often we allow connections to wane because of circumstances and trials. If you were to look back on your connections a year ago, what would you find? Would those milestones reveal flightiness, connections that skim the surface and never result in meaningful content? Or do they reveal true relationships that continue to grow over time?