I’d been on the road practically non-stop the last month and a half. While I had the chance to go to some great places, I’m glad that’s done for now. I have a real life with my family I’d like to get back to.
But one thing that has been great about being on the road is seeing what’s going on outside your town. Different sights, sounds and smells can add context and texture to this moment in time we all find ourselves in, which I think is rather transformational.
And why do I say that? The power of the internet and social media. I’ve had a tremendous opportunity while I’ve been on the road to meet a dazzling array of people. If I was on the road for these past several weeks without Twitter or Facebook and other social media/web-based platforms, I wouldn’t have met the number of people I did and that would’ve been a terrible shame. Because I discovered that a lot of the people I came across are actually better to interact with in real life than they are in my Twitter stream, Facebook feeds, etc.
So when you get the chance to sit down and have a cup of coffee or a drink with someone that you’ve been following or if someone who has been following you wants to do the same, give it some thought. The imprints in your memory those interactions create are priceless.
To all of the folks who I met over the past few weeks, consider this a global ‘thank-you’ note for helping make my trip a joy and a delight to go on. To the other folks? Your turn is next… so consider yourselves warned…