Can Social Media Create Balance through RE-connection?
Whew – I’ll tell you, that Saboteur kicked my butt! It has been 18 months (give or take a few days) since I last posted a Weekend Attitude Adjustment. No, no, I haven’t been hiding under the bed – in fact just the opposite – very much living life’s moments. I have been struggling a bit with my Weekend Attitude Adjustment – because I’ve been struggling a bit with keeping my balance while living in the moments.
I would like to report that the balance is back. The truth is for now, in this moment – I feel balanced.
That said – here is this week’s Weekend Attitude Adjustment for you to consider …
Recently I was found on Linked In by a dear friend who was part of my life over 23 years ago, and I haven’t seen her since. “I still remember standing in the middle of the street and watching you and your brother drive away.” That was in May 1988. I left my life in Iron Mountain, Michigan to return to life in Chicago, Illinois.
When she reached out to reconnect with me I was thrilled. We shared an amazing time of life together with a wonderful group of people. As a result of her Linked In connection I am now reconnected to several from that group, including her daughter whose bedroom we painted lavender when she was nine or 10. One of those friends responded to my Facebook Friend Request with “I’m so glad to hear from you – I thought I lost you.”
There was a lovely picture posted of my friend’s children standing on their front porch in their Easter best from April 1998. That picture is exactly how I remember them and how they continued to live in my mind.
It was a bit of a jolt to realize that they aren’t actually frozen in time – though, in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, that is certainly possible. They are now 23 years older with families of their own. They are now older than I was when that picture was taken – fascinating isn’t it. My parents were right. Time really does move so quickly.
So to my point, dear friends – you knew I would eventually get to it…
While at a national conference recently, I was privileged to give a presentation on the topic “RESET Your Buttons®: The Credit Union Leaders Edge”. I was having a great conversation with a client on all sorts of items. We eventually landed on social media, kids today and connections. I was sharing with him my recent reconnection through social media and described it this way …
In life we each have our paths that we walk along, and for a while – sometimes a long while – others join us along the journey. Eventually, the path splits and our fellow travelers veer off in a different direction. They continue to follow their own path. If we are fortunate, those paths once again converge and we find ourselves walking along together, even if it is for a short while.
This is one of the ways I see benefit in social media. It creates the opportunity for our paths to run together again – even if only in cyberspace. We return and are reconnected. Even if only for a little while.
So. This Weekend Attitude Adjustment is all about reaching out and reconnecting. If you aren’t a social media fan, pick up the phone or send an email. You may need to do a “Google Search”, but the reality is (good or bad) it won’t take you too long to seek and find. Reconnect with that somebody that has been on your mind. Find a photograph and reminisce. Share a moment together and continue on the path. Take time to enjoy the journey. In the end isn’t that what balance is really all about?
Please post your comment on this topic, or share a reconnection story with us below. We love to hear from you.
As always until next time … I remain…