This is a post about something. And not just one something. Lots of somethings.
It’s about people. And moments. And experiences. A whole lot of experiences.
I could dive deeply into details. But I won’t. Somehow that feels like it just wouldn’t be right.
Instead I’ll simply say this.
I’ve hung around long enough in the social space to see things. To remember. This much I know….a whole lot came before today. Once upon a time there was a yesterday. In fact, there were many yesterdays.
I’ve seen people come into this space. I’ve seen them leave. And I’ve seen them return.
I’ve watched people be right and wrong. Very right. And very wrong.
I’ve seen the most amazing kinds of generosity and kindness unfold.
I’ve witnessed haters hate. And critics say too much.
I’ve been influenced by influencers. And I’ve even influenced others myself.
I remember what it was like when I really didn’t know anybody online. When I felt invisible. And when sharing my voice scared me more than I can ever explain. I remember it all. And I remember what it felt like when others reached out to me. When they saw me. And when they cared. I remember the difference it made. And I know exactly who did what. Who was there for me when it mattered the very most. I remember all of it.
I have learned a lot. In fact, I have learned more in this social space and through the relationships that have grown from it than anywhere else in my life thus far.
Yet – as I write this tonight…I have to say that I’m feeling more than a little concerned about some of the people I’ve known online for a good long time now. These are people I admire, respect and appreciate. In fact I love them for who they are and for the good that they do in the world. They are friends. And I don’t mean Facebook friends.
But – as I see some people grow their businesses, I’m also seeing other things too…
I’m seeing fundamental values shifting. I’m seeing some people do the exact opposite of what they once so strongly professed to believe in. In fact, I’m seeing total contradictions without explanation or justification.
I’m seeing people falling in love with their egos. And their fame. I’m seeing a lot of this. Too much. I’m seeing brilliantly creative people put everything that once mattered to them at risk. Communities. Companies. And relationships.
I’m also seeing folks walk away from friends in need – because they don’t want to associate with the illness or metal health challenges of others. It’s as if illness and mental health issues only matter when we are tweeting about them as part of some social campaign. But not when the depths of sickness or despair truly kick in.
To say I’m sad about all of this is a profound understatement. Every single time I see these things playing out I’m devastated. Devastated because I believe that people know better. I believe in the greater good that humanity brings to the table – one person at a time.
Let me be clear….I’m not making judgements about people or moments or experiences. I’m simply observing stuff I see happening. And I’m taking note of what it means to both myself and a great many others too.
I’ll never stop believing that values attract values. And for me it will always be about relationships and people. Always. Generosity is my forever highest value.
So – if you are reading this and any of it strikes a note, all I ask is that you take a moment to think. Think long and hard. Think about how what you do influences and impacts others. Think about who supported you yesterday, about how you value relationships and what ultimately drives the bottomline of your life – and your business (or career).
Do good my friends.
Walk your talk. Today and tomorrow.
It’s not just that the internet remembers. People do too.