January 13, 2011

Frank Adman and why I love social media

I struggled a little writing yesterday's post. You see, the subject matter did fall close to home because I don't always accept positive news for what it is. As I was choosing my words, I didn't know whether to use "we," "they," or jump into the omniscient author and write about "some" or "others."

I decided to stay with "we" and put my imperfect self out there, for whatever it was worth. I can be included in that unknown majority of people that might sometimes gossip and might look for the story behind the story. In my defense, I'm not as suspicious as I used to be so I accept my foibles and move on to consciously being a better person.

As so often happens, when I finished my post, I went over to Twitter to see what was happening in the world. It was with incredible timing that @FrankAdman had just posted a link to a Ted presentation. Of course, from the shortened URL, I didn't know what I was going to find at the other end of the link. I just knew that it looked like good news from one of my Twitter friends so I clicked.

The Ted presentation was wonderful and the whole series of events  is a great explanation of why I love social media. Without @FrankAdman's tweet, I may have never found the story from Neil Pasricha about the 3 As of Awesome. I may have never found Neil's blog 1000 Awesome Things.

Neil's talk reminds us to look at the world around us with a positive attitude - "with the eyes of a 3-year-old." Neil's blog gives us samples of experiences to savor.

Now it's up to you and me to choose the right attitude. Enjoy the optimism. Look for positive news and accept it for what it is. Be happy, generous and always be kind.


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