So often we hear about globalisation. While a fantastic invention and something we all benefit from there could be a flip side. Namely, that we forget the local. Our immediate circle and those around us. For many, the internet and social media is fantastic as we can reach a wider, wholly international audience. I love being able to connect with family and friends in other parts of the world. I also love connected the other whom I haven't met but can learn from. Sometimes it feels great to take on new information and ideas, but conversely it can also fill me with lack. Lack at not being enough, not doing enough and perhaps failing in some way. This is where looking at others and perceiving the social media world of others doesn't help. Comparing is never good, so what can we do?
We can think local. While we now live in a globally connected world, it is important to support, work, think and be local. To connect with those around us most immediately. To serve and support our community whether at a local church, Toastmasters club or football club or simply to be a nice neighbour and friend to those around us. To be kind to colleagues and those with whom we work. Build relationships, grow friendships and cultivate community.
Vienna while often an unfriendly place is also a nice place. In our district through having a dog we have been able to connect with many in our neighbourhood and in our building, we connect and know most of the neighbours personally. It feels nice to say hi to people in the street and greet them. This is not always possible in Vienna, but people become more friendly once you know them.
So think local, be local, connect locally and live locally. The global can wait sometimes and we don't all need 15 minutes of fame or to conquer the world. Explore and connect with others locally.
David Corcoran is a Executive Voice Coach. He helps people take responsibility for their communication. This Blog contains his regular musings, thoughts and ideas. He is based in Vienna, Austria.