I did make one goal so far for 2017...
It’s more of a social experiment.
The thought came when I did NOT send a Christmas letter. You know, the update of happenings, life events, and such...
I love getting Christmas letters. I love to hear what everyone is doing, how everyone is growing etc. etc. etc. It’s a first person account of what is happening in your life.
I needed and wanted something more, I wanted interaction. I wanted to be face to face to share our year, a living ‘Christmas Letter’ you could call it. I started to think of the people that I cared about and I had not spoken to or seen for a long time because LIFE got in the way. I sent some messages and had coffee and lunch with two very dear friends. It was wonderful!
Now Christmas is over but its never too late to connect.
I realized this is a tough time of year for a lot of people including me.
Yes, truth bomb...I do not like cloudy dark days no matter what the season. I do a LOT of self care this time of year to keep me going and upbeat but still sometimes that is not enough.
I do not share the historic details of depression and family addictions that permeated most of my growing up years but I am ever so aware of them right around the holiday season and into the first three months of a new year. Those events are not a crutch but I sometimes need to keep them near so I can learn and grow from them. They are in the past and I want to always be moving forward.
So now I seek out sunshine and the warmth of friends and neighbours. I'm sure this thought can resonate with anyone who feels they get pulled in every direction but when you work from home, the walls can close in and meaningful human to human interactions and conversations don't always happen...now it’s a text, a message…and if you are lucky a real phone conversation.
My goal for 2017 - to use social media to be ‘social able’.
Yes, person to person.
"A social interaction is an exchange between two or more individuals and is a building block of society. "
How we communicate is changing. I watched an interesting video by Simon Sinek who nailed it for me. Although I am far from a Millennial, I see lots of truth In what Simon says about Social Media.
Take the time to watch it and understand how our own habits and interactions are truly missing something…
I want to connect to the folks I am connected too.
I want to hear how you are doing. I want to hear about your family, your kids, your pets, your adventures, your renovations, what ever it is that is occupying your life and making you get up every morning.
So here goes…
Who will read this?
Who wants to make the time?
Lets get together and then you do the same with others you know.
If you live in the fine City I do, lets have coffee.
We pick a date and put it on the calendar, even if its months in advance.
It’s kind of like a group interaction, but with less people, and
I don’t drink coffee, but the act of going for coffee is socialable.
If there is physical distance between us, we can Facetime, Zoom, or use another method of video conversation…I will drink tea on my end and you can have a coffee if you like.
Who wants to join me with a simple goal for 2017?
If no one responds, I will know that you are all too busy…carry on and give me a LIKE so I can superficially feel better.