Value Your Social Network


What value do you give to those that surround you?  Do we ever really take the time to consider what the people that we know add to our lives?  We’ve talked in previous posts about the emotional bank account and how every interaction with the people we know or encounter adds or subtracts to our being on an emotional level, but have we considered what we do for others on an intellectual level, or in terms of shared knowledge?

For example, let’s consider this blog.  I had considered the idea of starting a blog for quite a long time but was never compelled enough or even confident to actually take the action of beginning.  A colleague of mine finally planted the initial seed that pushed my thinking of what blogging was all about in the right direction enough for me to start my adventure on the world wide web.  Subsequently, I’ve had a longtime friend who has also started his own blog.  Through the knowledge that I have acquired since starting the Moose Doctrine, I’ve been able to share my insight and lessons learned with them to help begin their own experiences.  It’s exciting to me to now not only add to the growth of content on my own blog but now to also watch his site flourish.

It got me thinking about the value that we put on shared knowledge and experience among our friends and peers.  We all gain different things from the various groups of people that we know.  Some offer emotional enrichment and nurture the deep inner side of our person.  Others feed our hunger for knowledge and wisdom through intellectual exchanges.  There are so many aspects of ourselves that need to be nurtured that we grow via seeds planted by the people that we know.

Sometimes we might fill many of these needs with someone.  These are the people that tend to form our inner circles where we are safe to share things freely on many levels.  Others we keep sectioned off into the different quadrants of perspective and keep those people within those boundaries because it is where they best serve to give us the fulfillment we need.  Both of these groups are equally important, as the combination of all of our peers builds a network of both trusted allies in our eternal search for both continuous personal growth and the nurturing of happiness and contentment in our lives.

Never take for granted the value that the people that intersect our paths in life play in molding who we are in some way.  In large part, the fabric of who we are is molded by those who surround us.  Though they do not necessary dictate our paths or who we are, they add to the master plan we set up for our short time.  When we look back in our lives, do we not often first think about the people that we know or knew in conjunction with different periods in our lives?  Always appreciate this value and just as important, seek to keep and strengthen the bonds with those that enrich and bring joy to our lives.

~ by bfmooz on September 15, 2011.

2 Responses to “Value Your Social Network”

  1. I wrote a paper that explained the usefulness of social media for philanthropy. In times when I have done charitable work, I utilized social media as a way to invite and encourage others to do the same. Places like Facebook, WordPress and countless others, are a means of expression, connection, and an exchange of our best ideas. It’s not just advertisement of yourself, but a means of helping, supporting and encouraging others. I applaud your successful use of the tools of the trade my friend, keep fighting the good fight. 😉

    • Thanks for the comment, Rich. It’s like we had spoken about several weeks ago. We have so many avenues right now for immediate and broad communication. If we cannot find a way to get our message across, it’s our own lack of effort in learning to utilize the tools.

      One way to put it in perspective is to think of the value of media and communication today in context of our parents’ generation. Think about the messages they were trying to send in the 60’s and 70’s in times of extreme angst and what value instantaneous communication would have had in that era.

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