It’s Sunday morning. I had no plans to post anything today. Then I saw this. (Wait for the video – it will play after a 30 second promo – and its well worth it)
Here’s a question for you. Someone you know casually asks for your help to win an award for the book they’ve just written. How do you feel? What action, if any, do you take? Let’s bring that hypothetical situation into reality.
A few weeks back, I received the following message:
I grew up in the far western suburbs of Chicago; so far west that when I would meet people from somewhere other than Chicago I would describe my home town as “the last ditch of civilization between Chicago and Des Moines – west of me it’s nothing but cornfields.”
I suspect my family was similar to many middle class families of the 70’s and 80’s. We weren’t big on summer vacations. We didn’t own a vacation home or migrate to the same summer spot like a small gaggle of monarch butterflies. Still, there were occasions when we would take a long weekend or a week off and relax. My childhood vacation memories (with the lone exception of a trip to Disney World) were of driving north into Wisconsin. We had two favorite vacation spots as a family. We’d take a short drive to Lake Geneva or take a longer drive way up north to Sturgeon Bay.
If you know me through Twitter, or use Twitter in a serious, ongoing way it’s likely you’ve stumbled across a tweet or two with the #usguys hashtag in it. After seeing #usguys often enough, you’ve probably wondered “just what the heck is #usguys, anyway?”
A few short weeks ago I was asking that same question, as I watched more than a few dozen tweets fly by with the #usguys hashtag. Intrigued, I dug deeper and ran a twitter search for the hashtag. What I discovered amped up my Twitter experience and might have the same impact on you. But I’m getting ahead of myself…
First, a little background.
I’ve always been fascinated by this thought provoking phrase. There are at least three frequently used variants.
Expand your horizons
Broaden your horizons
Widen your horizons
They really all mean about the same thing, don’t they? As I sat and pondered the meaning of these phrases, I got to wondering how far away are our horizons, anyway? I mean how far can we really see? I mean, I know this phrase isn’t necessarily meant to be taken literally, but I just had to know.