Monthly Archives: August 2014
The Magic of a Tuxedo (Real or Imaginary)
Labor Day is almost here! For many, a long weekend is a spectacular treat. It’s especially true for those going through stressful times at work and/or in their personal lives. This is a time to relax, clear one’s head and refocus priorities. To help you get into the joyful spirit of this weekend, it’s important to remember the value of letting loose through the wonder of dance.
How’s this for a Flashback Friday:
When penguins are involved, life is good!
The Necessary Patience For Any Good Story
What kind of introduction will get your attention? Isn’t that a good question…
The essences of storytelling are connectivity, curiosity and wondering how things will end for a certain character or collection of characters. What’s beautiful about this aspect in life is that it can encompass the real world, as well as a fantasy universe. And as books, movies, television shows and music continue to prove, there is always room for a slightly new interpretation. A creative vision, especially when it’s coupled with relevant current events or trends, can produce a powerful reaction and following. Whether in the business world or in our personal lives, we should all strive to create the best stories for ourselves. We walk passed and interact with countless individuals on a daily basis, but we tend to be drawn to those who have the most fascinating experiences. All of us live each coming moment without always knowing exactly what will happen next, which is part of what makes life so exciting (yet stressful).
Will the greatest instance of serendipity cross my path today?
One of my favorite parts of any story is the twist. We don’t see it coming, but it’s such a thrill to read, see and/or experience. There are some stories with an exciting opening or extensive back story (ie-part of a popular series) with a laundry list of familiar accolades. Then, there are stories that are a little more unknown that require a slightly longer introduction. The flash isn’t as apparent as the bestseller, but you find yourself more intrigued and invested in the latter. It keeps your attention and you cannot help but wonder how you had never heard of this story before today.
It seems to have everything you want in a story, but it’s just packaged a little differently. In so many cases, these are the stories we remember and return to in a time of need. Although, what’s often so tragic about these stories is that they are not always given the opportunity to shine for people. A little bit of patience is required for the story to fully develop into something amazing.
On a completely unrelated note, I’m going to a social networking event tonight for aspiring PR professionals. My background is not specifically in public relations (but it’s brother investor relations), but my work experience and skills translate over very well and my background is perfectly suited for a career in communications and business (ie- public relations).
Here’s to hoping I can get someone to read past chapter 1…
The Bohemian Soundtrack
Today is Wednesday, which starts with a “w.” Therefore, it’s only natural to feature a funny video clip from the ’90s cult classic Wayne’s World.
Queen sounds good any day of the week:
Party on Everybody!
Silence is Not Golden
Technology has its upsides. There’s no doubt about that. In fact, the existence of technology is based on the premise of making things easier (well, depends on who you ask). Still early into the relentlessly innovative 21st century, people from all around the world continue to have a front row seat to the show of crazy ideas coming to surprising fruition. Seeing and, in some instances, using these inventions is incredible. Whether it’s a fully electric car, a future commercial flight to space or a smartphone that operates as a handheld computer, nothing seems off limits. The latter is the most fascinating at this point because of how it defines the days, hours, minutes and seconds of our lives. Checking email, text messages, the Internet, pictures, videos, social media, countless apps (informative and silly) and a bevy of other distractions take us away from what’s occurring right in front of us. On too many occasions, we (myself included) have our heads angled downward.
Unfortunately, this is not the only thing on the downward trend.
When convenience consumes too much of our reality, the responsibility for personal interaction declines at an equal (and frustrating) rate. One shouldn’t rely on the easy disappearance and avoidance of providing answers to a variety of questions behind our battery-charged electronic devices. Silence is the easy non-response, but it also is what’s found in the gutter of social interaction today. Even if the answer to a question is not good news, at least there is some degree of closure. This type of finality can at least allow someone to know the truth and move on with their day (and lives in some cases). But with our “smartphones” and its instant access and responsiveness, as well as its prolonged avoidance capabilities, communication is too often a fractured practice nowadays.
So many aspects of modern life have been made easier than decades earlier with the breakthrough of various technologies. However, maybe there’s a problem here. Is it possible that these new social norms/”shortcuts” have stripped away the necessary completeness when it comes to personal interaction and communication?
All I can say is I was supposed to go to a Goo Goo Dolls concert with a girl I’ve been dating for 3 months last night and I was blown off without a single text, phone call or hint of a notice.
That silence produced more heartache than one of the band’s classic hits.
Maybe we don’t need smartphones…maybe we need better phones with a built-in app called common courtesy.