Deeper Than Digital Connections


I don't know about you, but I find some of the best times to write are at the airport waiting for a flight. It's a good time to reflect back before the realities of home start to hit you. 

This past weekend I was in Las Vegas at a Family Medicine educational course. At these events, I really try to focus on learning, and try not to socialize that much or draw attention to myself. However, at one of the lecture breaks, the two gentlemen above came up to me and said, "Hey, Mike! It's been a while, how are you doing?"

I haven't seen these guys (pictured above) for 2 years, but our connection is a leadership and advocacy meeting for our Family Medicine speciality. We've been peripherally "following" each other on social media platforms, but haven't talked in person for a long time. We only had limited time together, but it was like old times, and I have not laughed like that in a long time. 

I mean, it's not rocket science, and I know that I'm not the first person to say this. Digital connections are great, and networking is fabulous using social media. But, there really is nothing like In Real Life (or as my friend Meredith Gould says, In The Flesh) meet ups that go deeper than digital connections...