I almost forgot that the Grammys were on tonight. Then I opened up my Facebook and a friend of mine posted a simple question, her usual opening line at times like this: “Who’s watching the Grammys?” The commentary began.
The opening number by Beyonce started a frenzy of words. It left me mystified. Here’s an artist with talent who sends out some great messages about confidence and empowerment but the message in the song and in her outfit and in her choreography basically said... “You know all of that stuff I’ve said all along? Forget it. It’s all about sex.” One of the friends on facebook stated that a sibling for Blue Ivy might well have been conceived onstage tonight.
Some of the performances were great, some were awkward pairings of very different musical styles. And parts of it got so slow that I followed a comment by a friend and switched channels to see part of The Bachelor’s wedding vows. What a dichotomy between requests for God’s blessings and then back to lyrics explicit enough to have numerous bleeps due to censors.
I love hearing some of my old favorites, love seeing them appreciated by young artists, and I really enjoy hearing new music, too. And the comments of my friends just add a fun element to all of it. We’ve been laughing at some of the outlandish outfits, educating one another about songs and artists, and lending our own advice (as though they’d ever know of or listen to us). I think that’s the part of music that really charms me... How it draws people together, gives you something to discuss, something to bond you to one another, something to help you make memories.
Watching televised events this way with friends and sharing thoughts underscores the importance of having a forum where you feel comfortable TO express your feelings. Active Rain gives you that opportunity, which is great. Facebook obviously fills that need for me, too. If you’re not one who posts here or shares here, my suggestion is to find the place where you can share thoughts. It’s excellent to find a place where you can do that about real estate, as well as other topics. When you open up and care about one another, then when the time comes to get information, it will be natural to reach out to those with whom you have a connection. And it will be more natural for people to reach out to you for real estate. It sort of follows the saying that 'people don't care how much you know until they know how much you care.'
My friend with whom I chat about these events on facebook? She took me to lunch one day this past year as part of a series she’s designed. She calls it her “REALTORS I Respect” lunches. She took me out to chat and get insight as to how I handle certain aspects of the business. In a safe setting, over a casual lunch, we shared. What a great idea. And yes, one I’m going to use, too.
So whatever the topic, find a way to reach out and connect with people. It doesn’t have to be about real estate, just make the connection. Your integrity will show and the connections will come... Even if you have to switch channels a bit in the meantime.