Yesterday, which was my eight-year-old’s, Mika, birthday, I wrote about how I have four good friends who help keep me sane. Yesterday afternoon one of those friends, Rene, called me. When Rene calls, we usually talk at least half an hour and many times two hours or more. Rene and I talk family for a few minutes and what has been happening in the past month or so since we spoke last, and then we usually talk politics. Rene is one of my favorite people to talk about politics with. Rene is probably a registered Republican however he is open minded, and I think he might vote for a Democrat if he believed in the person. (I could be wrong; I do not usually ask Rene how he votes.)
Please do not think I am bashing Republicans because I would make the same statement about Democrats if Rene were a registered Democrat. I am an unaffiliated voter because I generally choose the person instead of the political party. It has been my observation that many of my friends who are registered as part of a political party generally vote a party ticket instead of a person ticket. Until Donald Trump became the defacto leader of the Republican party if I knew nothing about the Democrat or the Republican running for a particular office, I almost always chose the Republican because I lean conservative politically.
I think Donald Trump did make a few positive moves as president; however, I find the personality he shows to the world so toxic I am not able to look past it and I have recently been morally opposed to vote for politicians who support him. Many of my conservative friends were able to still vote for Donald Trump, but my conscious would not allow me to do so. I am happy to be morally opposed to a candidate no matter which political party they belong to. I also did not vote for Hillary Clinton in 2016 because I felt she was a bad role model for my daughters, but that is a story for another day. I think Hillary Clinton, Sarah Palin (sorry John McCain), and Donald Trump are the only candidates I remember I could not put aside my own judgment towards and look at their records unprejudiced. My friend Rene does not hold my occasionally very biased opinions against me, and I do not think less of him if he does not feel the same way I do. The most important part about Rene, which he told me yesterday, is he does not mind I never call him because I am always so happy when he identifies himself and he can hear my excitement through the phone line.
Yesterday, Rene filled my soul, and today I attended one of my women's business networking groups via Zoom. Two days in a row of soul filling is very important during this time of disease and isolation. I do not like large group networking on Zoom as much as I like it in person. The one-to-one connection is usually lacking in a large Zoom group. When you are at a large group in person, you frequently mingle throughout the room and may speak to five to 15 people for a few minutes individually which is the part I find the most fulfilling. Since I have quit trying to build my business due to my death sentence, I am mostly interested in catching up with friends rather than meeting possible new customers. As far as networking to build your business I do not think it makes a difference whether you network in person or via Zoom because you always need to follow up to make the connection which will lead to a referral to you or from you; or you doing business with their business or vice versa; or you collaborating with their business on a joint project. Generally, those type of doing business together decisions are not made during an initial introduction.
My piece of advice to you is to top off your soul as much as possible. My soul is overflowing today because I have had two days in a row of very positive experiences. I know going forward through this pandemic there will be days when I wish I could feel as content as I feel today, and it will be difficult because I will see the reports on the news of people dying and Mika and I will still be spending most our time at home this summer because I am at high risk of dying from COVID-19. A Zoom networking event is better than no networking event at all so I will attend as many as I can until we are able to meet in person again.
Until next time,
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