May 25, 2010
Engaging in simple community
can take as little as five minutes or even seconds – maybe not five
seconds, but seconds. In 5 second community I will provide examples of thoughtful
things you can do in under a minute that will strengthen the bond you have with
family, friends and neighbors.
While I am very strong in my
insistence that Internet communication of any kind is not community any more
than a telephone is a “social network,” they are all magnificent communication
tools. Today’s example of 5 second community calls on one of those tools.
In 25 words or less, FOR NO
PARTICULAR REASON, send an encouraging email or text message to someone in your
community today. Pick someone you will
not otherwise communicate with today.
Pick someone who does not have a reason to be encouraged – not a
birthday, not good luck on a new job, not get well soon (do those too). A quick
note for no reason sends a big message. It says to the other person you thought
about THEM – not what they are going through or a benchmark in their life, just
I might come up with a few 5
second ideas that will help. But together, we can come up with dozens. Got a 5 second community idea? Please post it
in a comment and I will convert it into a post. Thanks!