When you touch minds, people are willing to walk a dozen miles for you; and when you touch hearts, people are willing to walk a thousand miles for you; but when you touch souls, people are willing to walk a million miles for you.
“There’s no place like home. There’s no place like home.”
Those unforgettable lines spoken by Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz reveal a story-telling device found in an overwhelming number of our most enduring stories from the likes of Star Wars to The Lion King. It’s known as “the hero’s journey.” In brief: an ordinary person is living an ordinary life when an extraordinary adventure is presented. The character leaves home and travels to a different world where tests and trials await, as well as mentors and villains. If she or he passes the tests and proves heroic, then the final stage is returning home with stories to tell and wisdom gained. The last piece is crucial.
Stories to tell and wisdom gained are precisely the results of our ongoing 360° Nation Handshakes & Hugs (“H2”) travel around the world over a number of years, particularly since the pandemic created a level of isolation never-before encountered. Every magical hug and handshake along the way has allowed us to touch souls in ways not possible in a virtual world.
Our Points of Light
Inspired by a recent exchange with our Featured Contributor, Victor Acquista who creatively portrayed our collective connections around the world as “points of light” we took a deep dive into the depth and breadth of our journey so far, only to discover that we’ve had the pleasure of personally encountering over 100 kindred spirits, now referred to as “points of light” (see our Points of Light Showcase Page below) across the USA, Canada, United Kingdom, Croatia, New Zealand, and Germany so far. While many others light the way, these individuals blessed us with “the present of their presence” – a gift that simply keeps on giving.
And we expect this Showcase (people we’ve met personally) to expand by more than 50% over the next year as our pivot from virtual to personal continues, including those we meet for the first time at Encounter 360°.
Time to Reach Our & Touch?
Success can be measured not only in achievements but in lessons learned, lives touched for the better, and moments shared along the way.
Join our movement and recapture “the magic of handshakes and hugs” by pivoting from virtual to personal within your local geography and indeed, as you travel beyond. One approach is to simply filter your LinkedIn Connections by location – then reach out to those you wish to get better acquainted with. We do this as part of our planning for every trip taken. This Article describes the process:
But don’t limit your pivot to LinkedIn —expand it to include others who also need to pivot from virtual. And then come back and share your experience, as you connect or reconnect with a handshake and/or a hug. And don’t put it off, start today, by striving to touch someone’s life. You will be surprised how much yours will be touched in the process.