Each New Year seems to have an abundance of limitations – on food, on choice words, on habits. For me, even though it is not a “resolution,” I do try to limit certain parts of my life at the beginning of each year. The losing helps me regain control and sets a certain tone and pace for the rest of the year.
Social media is one of those “things” I tend to limit at the start of each year. This year is no different; I am limiting my social media involvement. However, I’ve decided to limit my moderation, even, and the reason – to me – is simple: relationships.
I’ve formed too many wonderful relationships to just plainly walk away and leave unattended for a month or longer. While I won’t spend each free moment scrolling through Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Pinterest, The ONC, and more, I will spend my select free time conversing with the people I enjoy, cultivating the relationships I want to see develop.
I thought long and hard about this “limiting in moderation,” and the people that kept coming back to my mind were Julianna Paradisi, Keith Carlson, Gypsy Nurse, and Kevin Ross. You see, these colleagues, separated by thousands of miles and nursing specialties, helped share a post I was passionate about with their circles of influence. (You can still act on that post’s action.) They certainly did not have to, but they chose to, and they’re the ones I know about; there certainly may be other colleagues who shared the message with others.
It’s these kind of relationships that matter to me. Seemingly strangers but connected with growing, invisible ties. If you don’t know any of those folks, you certainly need to check them out on their personal sites and blogs, Twitter, and Facebook. They have valuable information, and you never know – they just might become a connection you never thought you’d have.
So, while limiting myself is good…everything is better in moderation – even limits.