About a year ago I began posting a daily quote on Twitter, selected from my eclectic collection and using the hashtags #TheatricalIntelligence or #WomanofWisdom:
#TheatricalIntelligence: “I’m curious about other people. That’s the essence of my acting. I’m interested in what it would be like to be you.” Meryl Streep
#WomanofWisdom: “A bird doesn’t sing because it has an answer, it sings because it has a song.” Maya Angelou
My Twitter followers enjoyed the quotes. (Some even suggested that I publish them in a “little book series”. Go figure.) Then six months ago on this blog, I shared a series of quotations in categories: Actors on Acting, A Life in the Arts, On Critics, Criticism and Reading Reviews, among others.
The tricky part on Twitter, of course, is that one post = 140 characters including the hashtag. So I found myself scavenging for more and more inspiring quotes that were short.
#TheatricalIntelligence: “What I love about theatre is that it disappears as it happens.” Lusia Strus (= 104)
#WomanOfWisdom: “I believe the rights of women and girls is the unfinished business of the 21st century.” Hilary Clinton (= 124)
Then LinkedIn mimicked Twitter’s hashtag idea, and their posts can be longer so my quotes g-r-e-w, as did their hashtags:
#TheatricalNostalgia, #TheatricalWonder, #TheatricalWisdom, #ArtisticWisdom, #LiteraryWisdom, #WorthConsidering, #WorthRemembering, #LetsDoThis and #PoliticalPoetry. Yikes.
Daily posting became addictive. I began to feel like my friends who never miss the daily NYTimes crossword puzzle, or others who are deeply committed to “Words With Friends” or (what I take to be its visual equivalent) “Candy Crush”.
My daily brain food, I’ve concluded, works for me because the words have such meaning when they’re strung together, that I remember them. I simply love each one of them because they inspire me.
Is this addiction a terrible thing? How long will it take me to kick the habit? Do I HAVE to? Help!