Tonight while running to get a loaf of bread at the grocery store down the street, I saw a sight that made me happy and sad at the same time. A lone Christmas tree waiting to be sold. The last time I came by the store the sidewalk was jammed with them. Now…just one. While wandering the aisles looking for the loaf I came for, I wondered if the tree would be sold. In reality, I was wondering if it would be adopted just like you would a puppy or a kitten.
This reminded me of how sometimes we are the last to adopt. This might be a trend or task. I’m still amazed how there are people who haven’t tried Facebook (my dad is even on it!), Twitter and Instagram (no dad isn’t on here, yet.) These three platforms have created a way that we can communicate and share messages around the world. Let’s not limit ourselves to the world….astronauts have used social media in space.
I am all about old fashioned communication. Handwritten thank you notes and actually having conversations in person with people. But there is something about social media that can connect me to friends who are in far away places like Uganda, Nicaragua, and New Zealand.
I love this time of exploration. I found the perfect gift for one of my best friends from a Facebook post of a local business….and then asked my parents to go retrieve it before they were all gone. I love sharing pictures of animals that need homes, positive messages, and recipes!
Let this be a message of encouragement for you. If you haven’t dipped your toe into social media…give it a try. If you are one one platform….try another one.
May you and your families have the merriest of Christmases and look forward to what will happen in the New Year…2015 is almost here!
Mary Lu 🙂
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Mary Lu Saylor is an Emmy-award winning journalist who spent 30 years in the television news business. Her experience includes work as a videographer, newscast video editor, and ultimately as the newsroom Assignment Manager at WSPA-TV in Spartanburg, SC. Mary Lu is currently pursuing her passion of social media, which began during her years at WSPA-TV. She is a Social Media Specialist with FindGreatCompanies.com.