Becky Robinson | Because ___________ Followed You on Twitter Today

________ followed you on Twitter today.

It’s crazy, this digital world that connects us to so many.

We connect to people relationally, making friends of strangers. We find mentors, and cheerleaders, people who applaud our success and admire our achievements.  We find a community that seems true and unconditionally supportive.

All the while, we push to the corners of our mind the deep disappointment we carry about the relationships that should have been, but aren’t.

The people we’re estranged from – because – let’s be honest:  we all have those people.

Fathers. Mothers. Sisters. Brothers.

We try to forget about those relationships that seem broken and fragmented beyond repair.

We push aside the hurt; we focus on what’s right in our lives; we plow forward; we work hard; we love the people closest to us; we give what we can to others.

And then, the interlopers, the ones who abandoned us — they return, to sit on the sidelines of our lives. Still distant, but observing our success.

Online onlookers only, they show up unexpectedly, and lurk on the edges of our vision.

Is it better that they’re there, or worse?

We wonder: Are they watching? Are they listening? Does it matter?

What should we do? Engage them? Ignore them?

Because, really, we’ve lived apart from them for so long.

Because, really, we’ve learned to live without them.

It hurts, of course. It hurts more than we care to admit.

To see that familiar face, but know that the distance remains.

And really, what hope is there for repair?

Could they catch up on all those missed years by reading what we write online? Could they understand us by reading our tweets? Could they know who we are now by a few photos on Facebook?

Do they feel better knowing these details of our lives?

What separates us now is not the miles, though they are far. It is not the years, though they have been long.

It is outside of words really, and, beyond explanation, but I think that if you’ve experienced it, you know what I mean.

Where there was once nothing, there is now an artificial sense of closeness.  People who chose to leave us now stake a claim for connection.

Apart from healing, apart from a miracle, there is none.

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Have you ever experienced this?

How do you manage awkward online connections?

This post is from Becky Robinson of Weaving Influence.

First there was Birthday Week, Now There’s Launch Week

Our family decided a few years ago that we were going to have birthday weeks, rather than birth days.  Trying to pack everything into a single day was just too much pressure.

photo credit chatiry girl

We decided to do the same with my book.  Yesterday, May 8th, was launch day, and it was rather magical day, but we decided early on to have a launch week, and I'm really glad we did.

My only problem is — usually I am fairly prompt in returning e-mails, and thanking you for your kindness.  This week, there will be some lag time…as my capacity to say thank you is lagging behind your outpouring.

In the meantime, I am excited for you to read some really terrific posts about dreaming:

Group 1:   Contributors to Dare, Dream, Do:

April Perry posted on the Power of Moms website “Dare, Dream, Do” and “When You Dare to Dream“: her essay in the book is titled “Mommy is a Person.”

Macy Robison posted, “Dare, Dream, Do” — you can read about my playing piano for Macy on the Harvard Business Review blogs The Essence of  a Great Presentation.

Chrysula Winegar posted “When Dreams Become Reality” about her first guest — Oh My Goodness, I Left My Voice on the Bus; she's making some pretty remarkable things happen.


Group 2:    Companion stories to Dare, Dream, Do

Carrie Koens wrote “Dream If You Dare” — a terrific post.

Lauri Rottmayer penned “Inspiring a Dream” — it is VERY moving.

Molly Page wrote about how she's already taking the dare:  “Inspirational Read: Dare, Dream, Do“.


Group 3:    Leadership:  Dreaming by Example

Do you Dare your Employees to Dream by Tanveer Naseer (doesn't he look like Tim Allen?)

Great Leaders Leverage Employee Dreams by Chris Edmonds


Group 4:  Dare to Dream team

Cindy Crosby, a doula by profession and guest blog alumna, writes “Dare, Dream, Do … available now“.

Christine Koh, one of my PivotBoston friends who also blurbed the book, tells her own poignant story of derring-do: “Dare, Dream, Do“.

Linda Eyre, NY Times bestselling parenting author and expert, posted, “Dare to Dream“:  if I had a parent on my personal Advisory Board, it would be her.


Group 5:   Publishing trade secrets

And for you book diehards, you can read this from my agent Josh Getzler about how he's been stalking the Amazon rankings “Going Against My Own Philosophy” — after he told me not to.

P.S.  I'll probably say this again, but Lolly Daskal, who also blurbed the book… has been INCREDIBLY generous in tweeting about the book…

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