Several years ago, my then four-year-old son and I planted a garden. Due to life events, it was two months before he was able to see the garden again. In our absence, it grew. He was amazed at how big the plants grew while we were away.
In a lot of ways we are a lot like plants. If we aren’t growing, we are withering. My schedule is such that I’ve gone several weeks without doing some things on twitter. The #FF and #WW that mention me all but stopped. If I go through and name folks and do my part, my name came up more often. But once I stopped, my influence diminished.
Going to a social function is a lot the same. If I stand back and watch, I am just that - on the sideline watching. If I wait for someone to come up and start a conversation, I may find myself waiting a long, long time. If I reach out to someone and take the initiative to shake a hand and start a discussion, I become engaged and have a great time.
The old adage, “You have to be a friend to have friends.” Is so true.
Bottom line is this, if you are not growing and reaching out, you are withering and diminishing.
What observations do you have? What do you do to reach out and grow?