Posts Tagged ‘up in the air’
It’s been a while since I’ve sat down to write down my thoughts here. Over the last few months, I found myself busy like most of us working full-time while juggling my day-to-day activities that I have not contributed to my blog. It’s funny, I hear time and time again busy professionals not having a moment between work, assisting their families, spending time with friends, enjoying their hobbies and side projects that there is no time to for social media and explore all the new technological advancements at one’s fingertips. Now I can understand what they all meant. I missed blogging but I was occupied with other things that needed my attention. I realize it’s important to express one’s thoughts and get inspired to reach out to someone. It can be damaging to one professionally and personally when not actively learning about new advancements, trying new things, and exploring this new digital playground. It’s important to stay abreast of the new things on the horizon and how society is adopting new forms of communication to reach the masses. In fact, it could alleviate the necessary time for one to conduct his/her daily activities, as well as discover it to become more manageable.
There is still something to be said for those that have a good balance between the virtual and the real world. We rely a lot on our cell phones and other technical toys. I admit that I love my new iPhone, but you won’t find me hugging it at the end of the day!
This digital and mobile world opens our eyes to consider new ways of engaging with others more personally for when we dream, love, listen, satisfy a need or a want, explore, and perhaps help us learn a thing or two about others and ourselves.
The George Clooney movie Up in the Air features him traveling around the world having to bring bad news to those people being laid off from different companies. Many of us over the last year have had to face that same reality. I’ve learned from each encounter and knew it was God’s way of looking out for my best interest that something better was around the corner.
Eventually in the movie, George’s side-kick felt strongly about adopting new digital media to help make the process of letting people go from companies more efficient. She was young, savvy, smart and determined to prove him wrong and perhaps even drive him out of a job. However, after her reality of facing numerous employees day after day to be laid off, she learned that no computer could replace such a personal matter. Still to this day, there are certain things that will NEVER replace those personal interactions. However, we need to embrace the new and make sure to balance it with the old in a way that helps to do good for others, grow businesses and learn from one another.
Even if one takes a half-hour a day to comment on a blog, twitter a thought, check out a new perspective on an article and provide feedback, or learn about a new start-up in the social media space, could help you and your business. Do take a step each day to reach out into the digital world, try something new. Go out there to share your perspective. We can all benefit from each other’s digital footprints, as well as embrace the handshakes, personal interactions and of course someone’s smile.