Texting Does Not Replace Face to Face

By |December 21st, 2011|

We are able to perceive others’ emotions by the subtle changes in facial expressions, body movements, and tone that occur in millisecond intervals. This innate ability has been with us from the day we were born, but – as we engage more and more in text based communication – we slowly lose this power of understanding each other.

People often ask me why I call them to continue an otherwise short conversation or why I ‘observe’ their face while we speak in person and the answer is quite simple: Because I can.

Virtual communication (texting, e-mail, chats, etc) provides us with an excellent way to ‘talk’ to each other without having the typical requirements of dedicated time allocation for each party and the opportunity of an asynchronous (not realtime) response. This is very helpful when in meetings, at work, school or any other activity that is taking up our time and cannot be interrupted for more than a few brief moments. That being said, I disagree with the use of text-based communication at those times when we are able to use our voices to comunicate and even more so, when we can see each other face to face.
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Listen to experience

By |August 3rd, 2010|

When receiving information from someone respected in a specific field, listen thoroughly and completely before discrediting their opinion. Make your choices afterwards – when informed.

Intuition

By |August 2nd, 2010|

When something does not resonate with your inner self, stay away.

Do not go into anything that does not feel right, even if it seems exceedingly attractive on one or more levels.

Take care of your body

By |August 1st, 2010|

Eat right.

Exercise often.

Avoid unnecessary collisions.

Listen to your senses.

Avoid loud sounds or irritating lights.

be cool

By |July 31st, 2010|

Now what in the world do I mean with that title?

You might think I mean it in a social sense – in which “being cool” means being accepted in society as someone who’s liked above average in that particular group –  or rather “being cool” could be thought of as being distant or separated from one’s feelings. In this case, I actually give the word a different connotation.

People tend to react in strange ways in their interaction with other human beings. When met with a problem, our first reaction is usually anger or fear. There is a part of us that triggers a self-defense mechanism every time something out of the ordinary happens. If you were to step back and feel instead of following you instinctual reaction, then you would probably have a different response. Our brains have evolved in such a way that we may choose how to respond to events.
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Don’t keep thoughts to yourself

By |July 30th, 2010|

Knowledge is universal – someone somewhere sometime will know the same exact thing even if your never tell a soul.

Talking about or bouncing ideas always helps to refine thoughts.

It does not matter […]

life vs work

By |April 25th, 2010|

Why is there a common distinction between life and work?

Is it Universally accepted that life is what we enjoy, our likes, hobbies and passions; and that work is essentially a burden that we have to go through in order to be able to live?

I don’t know where that distinction was made, or even when it was accepted. What I do know is that every day I see more and more people “stressed out” or “depressed” and most of the time that anxiety comes from what they are doing at work. I see new professionals – fresh out of College – working  twelve hour shifts, only to come home to answering e-mails until 2:00am on their BlackBerry devices. Sure, they work at global corporations and earn tons of cash; but, is it worth it?
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