This is an archived blog from when I ran Conscious Public Relations Inc. from 2008-2018. Excuse the potential outdated-ness!
Taking a break from my emotions, and the importance of face-to-face meetings
I read a great blog post by Danielle LaPorte earlier this week that talks about what happens when you get through the “big pain.” I’ve heard many times that challenges are often disguised as journeys that are necessary for you to reach moments and places of light.
In one sense I feel like this year has been one long, dark, trench, but I feel like I get to poke my head out here and there to see moments of light. Last week I received an e-mail from a friend and colleague which I didn’t think would affect me that much, but I realized in the two days that followed how much I felt hurt by the e-mail. I know that it was not intentional, it was just me who had initially stifled my anger and then had to dig through my own suffering. I felt betrayed and stepped on and hopeless. It took me two days to get out of it and realize it was pointless to associate myself with the emotion and the power I was projecting onto this person, which didn’t serve me at all.
This week has been the opposite. After eWomenNetwork‘s last Accelerated Networking Event on July 9, my colleague Michela Quilici (Managing Director) challenged all of the attendees to connect with 20 other guests before the next event in August. 20 coffee meetings sounded like a A LOT to me and I didn’t think I’d make it. Since Monday I have connected with 5 of the attendees either by phone, Skype, or in-person and I’m actually blown away by the quality of conversations I have been having. It’s amazing what happens when you are prompted to meet other members of an organization. Even though I have been making more calls than ever to new businesses (due to CASL) I think we’d all much prefer to speak with each other face to face and connect like humans. Phone is better than e-mail, but you can only get so much with the tone of someone’s voice.
I should take my own advice and remember that even when things are rough and it feels like you’re going it alone, there is ALWAYS a community that welcomes you back. Reach out. That’s all it takes.