Unplug and Reconnect With Family and Friends

Home for the holidays to visit family & friends The holidays are a time for getting together with family and close friends. It’s all about face-to-face interactions. Along with the hours of traffic and delayed flights, it’s a part of our holiday heritage.

We need this time to disconnect from our multiple forms of electronic engagement—our smartphones, iPads and computers—and to exercise our ability to have real-life relationships. We gain strength from the emotional warmth of being with those about whom we care, even if it means listening to cranky Uncle Herbie complain about his aches and pains, and eating Aunt Carol’s overcooked chocolate chip cookies.

With today’s pervasive social media platforms, we can rekindle relations with extended family, friends and colleagues, with whom we’ve lost touch, without leaving home. Social media networks provide us with the ability to find and revive these relationships so easily that we can pick up where we left off as if no time has passed.

We just get so wrapped up in the holiday shopping and parties that we sometimes forget what’s really important. So this year, as you take your holiday break, reflect on your personal journey over the past year. While you’re recharging, reach out to one or more people from your past via phone, email, letter or social media, just to say: “Hi! I’m thinking about you.” Because it’s the people in our lives who give it meaning and showing you care is one of the most powerful things that you can do. At its core that’s what the holiday season is really about.

Please allow me to take this opportunity to thank you, my readers, for your generous time and attention.

Happy marketing,
Heidi Cohen


Photo credit: jcestnik via Flickr

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  • http://www.niceworknj.wordpress.com Jackie Scott

    Great blog and just in time for the holiday festivities. I’m heading out the door now for a 3 day tour of NY & NJ to visit family & friends!!!

    Wishing you and your family a very a happy holiday season!

    Jackie Scott

    • http://riversidemarketingstrategies.com/ Heidi Cohen

      Jackie–Thank you. Wishing you, your family and friends as well as my silent lurking readers the best. May everyone’s holiday dreams come true. Happy marketing, Heidi Cohen

  • http://www.mistertester.com Piotr Kurzaj

    A great post for the holiday season, Heidi – thanks indeed :)

    We’re planning a car trip to my wife’s 90-year-old grandma tomorrow – putting your thoughts into action without doubt. And I surely will reflect a bit on the past and the upcoming year.

    All the best to you and your loved ones from Poland!
    Piotr

    • http://riversidemarketingstrategies.com/ Heidi Cohen

      Piotr–Thank you for stopping and taking the time to comment. I’m glad that this blog has been useful.

      Hope that your holiday was merry. Wow–a 90 year old grandmother — that’s a wonderful joy to have!

      Best wishes for the new year!
      Happy marketing,
      Heidi Cohen

      • http://www.mistertester.com Piotr Kurzaj

        Thanks for the reply! The holiday season was merry and quick to go – and the granny was outstanding.

        Now it’s time for 2011 – new ideas and new projects!

        By the way: “Happy marketing” is a great wish :)

        Piotr