"We don't accomplish anything in this world alone … and whatever happens is the result of the whole tapestry of one's life and all the weavings of individual threads from one to another that creates something." ~ Sandra Day O'Connor
How do you view them? What matters?
This weekend I had the opportunity to connect and strengthen some of those relationships with several people I've met through online connections.
Katie West, founder of The Levity Project, was in Chicago on Saturday to bring a laughter event to the city. It was an amazing day, and a great way to bring a little extra joy into the world. As great as that was, that's not the focus of this article today. Instead, today I'm looking at the powerful and meaningful ways that deeper connections are formed.
I had the opportunity to connect with several people on that deeper and more personal level:
- Kim Kotecki from Escape Adulthood (thanks for being my riding buddy on our little road trip…and for great GPS skills when I got us lost!!)
- Stacey Hoffer Weckstein from Create A Balance for Moms (whoa…we really met! How cool!)
- John Anyasor from HiLife2B (what a fun event, huh!)
- Ina Lukas (hey sparkly gazer…don't move!!!)
- Katie West from The Levity Project (YOU…buddy…are simply awesome!)
When you think about the Internet, what are your thoughts? Does it seem like this is a warm and welcoming place, or does it seem cold and rigid?
In it's barest form, what I'm typing here and sharing can be broken down into a series of 1's and 0's (binary code). Just a bunch of numbers being sent back and forth. The raw data would look very technical, cold, and not welcoming at all. I find that so interesting. This series of 1001001100111100011000111001111 (I have no idea what that says…) data becomes so much more. It becomes the catalyst to something great. Great in terms of whatever it is we're here doing.
Today, that's about connection. People I never would have met, were it not for these 1's and 0's and the connecting ability they hold.
When those connections can be made even greater – email, phone conversations, and in person meetings – wow! The Internet has provided such a great tool for connecting people from all over the world. And when there are opportunities to take those connections to a new level, to deepen that connection – it is so worth it.
This all takes me back several months, to last spring – when I had my first opportunity to connect "in person" with someone I had met only online. Stacey Shipman and I found ourselves with a unique opportunity where our paths crossed while both of us were on vacation – giving us a wonderful chance to meet. It has made for a developing friendship between us. I know this is what it is today because we met "in person", and really had an opportunity to connect at a different, more personal level.
Our own personal world is greatly impacted by the connections we have with others around us. When we can take those connections to a deeper level, and make the connection more personal and real – that relationship is strengthened, and our life is improved. Especially when those connections are in line with our more inner being.
How do you view the Internet? Have you made deeper connections with others because of your presence on the Internet (email, blog, social media, website, etc)? Do you find the world to be a smaller place?