This morning I was racking my brain as to what to write here. My goal is to post every morning… still working on that. *grinning*
Today at work I did what I do every once and a while. I sent a text to 30 people in my cell phone who I hadn’t touched base with for over 3 months. After sending that generic text wishing them a Good Morning and asking how their life is, I was bombarded with texts. Throughout the day I caught up with over 20 friends finding out about a new puppy, new boyfriend, a daughter’s 6th birthday party and another’s daughter’s switching schools blossoming because of the move! I heard about snow and nasty weather, flourishing businesses and got questioned about my business.
I also got a few phone calls: a friend telling me how her daughter is in a new swim team, a second friend who told me about her ex-husband’s horrific accident last year and the situation with his family, and from a third friend who has a befriended someone who contacted her through my Facebook.
I also got to go to dinner with a friend I had met last year January and have kept in touch with on LinkedIn and through email. We had a lovely Cuban meal with Great conversation.
This month I have 3 “dates” to visit and spend time with a friend from college , a friend from MeetUp who I haven’t seen since last year, a friend I had met at a seminar 7 years ago and invitations to visit a friend in Seattle and another in St Augustine! I’m happy that I can communicate any time and I’m ecstatic that I have a web of Fantastic connections.
The way so many people use technology (texting, emails and social media) is to basically wrangle up strangers and stay removed from them but be able to say I have over 1500 “friends” or 500 connections. To me this seems so pointless, even when I’m in a forum I enjoy touching and connecting to people. (Someone asked me once how I get so many people to drink Stef kool-aid.) There may be something that I share that helps them or, even better, inspires them. I probably will never know about it which is ok as I’m not sharing for the praise or thanks. I do it because I love feeling that connection with my fellow human.
From forums I’ve made friends who are still close to me. I remember a time where I woke from a terrible nightmare and a dear friend from New Zealand was there to calm me down. He’s been a good friend for over 10 years though we haven’t met. One day soon!
Over the years I’ve joined sites like MeetUp.com to do various activities that I’ve always wanted to try (paddle boarding, outrigger canoeing, sailing,pottery making) and to meet and hopefully befriend Amazing people. I see people who I’ve met and connected with as my chosen family. I am amazed that this time the 30 texts didn’t even get me through Ds… either I’ve met A Lot of people over the past 2 years or I’ve been a little too isolated from my friends. I’m thankful I had the honor and blessing to have met and gotten to know them.
Have a Wonder Filled Week! I’m so excited MA Conference is coming to Miami this week!
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