Saturday, August 24, 2013

being penny wise but pound foolish

While social media is an inevitable part of most of our lives, many are ill equipped to even make educated distinctions between media formats and socializing. 

To be clear, social media is a way to convey or share information with a wide audience, while social networking is an act of engagement. Social media is the means to deliver a message. Social networking is the two-way communication that builds and develops relationships. 

"Social Media can be called a strategy and an outlet for broadcasting, while Social Networking is a tool and a utility for connecting with others." ~ Lon S. Cohen 

In failing to make these distinctions clear in a recent conversation, I lost a potential client. Having spent too much on a pretty but generically static website they had yet to realize that building one was just the tip of the iceberg.

"The question is not what to do but how to see," wrote Jeanne de Salzmann, the foremost student of Gurdjieff and herself a great leader and teacher. 
New York headquarters, in former C Ledyard Blair carriage house.

"Seeing is the most important thing - the act of seeing.  I need to realize that it is truly an act, an action that brings something entirely new, a new possibility of vision, certainty and knowledge. This possibility appears during the act itself and disappears as soon as the seeing stops. It is only in this act of seeing that I will find a certain freedom.

Take care you do not commit this fatal mistake of personal investment. Weigh both the long and short term impacts of decisions you are about to make. 

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

happy to be working hard than hardly working

this week has been an education in how folks operate - their actions and attitudes and how they show up

a wise sage once said, how you do anything is how you do everything - so true and yet all too few are aware how much they are telling us about themselves by what they do or don't do or how much or little of themselves they put into their doing

Camp Rah-Rah is just too happy to assist, contribute and give quality service - collaborating and sharing time, effort, resources and expertise generously and with delight

Camp Stuck-Up on the other hand are no fun - heavy, disgruntled and dragging their sorry asses around - they can't even find it in themselves to step out of the way to allow those who are willing and able to

they don't just not get anything worthwhile done, they impede and complain about those that do - blah blah blah blah blah

Thursday, August 1, 2013

ghosts from the past

It never ceases to amaze me who shows up to greet me for my birthday each year. Now that my birth month is done I can officially say my birthday acknowledgements are finally over.

There are my all time predictables - mostly family & long-time friends. Whether they greet me early, on time or belatedly - it's always a warm & fuzzy pleasure to hear from them.

There are the social media savvy - those close & dear sending greetings from casual to sappy - as well as passing acquaintances or former friends & colleagues grown distant - be it thru time or presence or convenience or the lack of either.

Every year though, some long lost one or two pop up to surprise me & spice things up. Memories stir, feelings are rekindled, conversations ignited. Whether we find ourselves back in the groove or orbiting in different spheres - reconnections are made however brief or long lasting.

Intangibles are made tangible as magic manifests once again. Travel the world & the seven seas. Everybody's looking for something. Sweet dreams are made of this.