“I am sick of this generation of children!” “They are useless.” “I would donate to the youth program, but why, it doesn’t matter.”
Each and everyday, I see words like those above printed on various social media canvases on the world wide web. I have often wondered in each expression if the author(s) has thought about the implications that such words might have on a very well connected young mind.
This young person who adorns headphones, iPad, Mac Book and iPhone, can read and has possibly viewed or heard opinions like this voiced in his or her short lifetime.
We all have heard this very simple expression, “As you think, so shall it be.” Imagine, if the whole world thought the way you do? Imagine if your words caught on like a cancer and consumed all social media thoughts on young people in this way? Perhaps, (as a result of our careless writing) our youth will walk around with an attitude that shows lack of concern, despondent, throwing up middle fingers trying to forge a world of their own. Maybe they will flee to the arms or Matrix of somebody who loves them.
Imagine that your words are important, now realize that they really are, especially when shared with the public. If your niece is a violinist that you hold in high regards, forget it, because your words, thoughts, lack of action to help others in her generation have just made life a little harder for her in the future. Oh, sure, I heard you, your family has money that will exclude her from certain lifestyles. I am sure that some of the parent’s of famous rich children who have social problems thought just like you.
Remember, you were once a child, a teen and the world thought things of your generation too. However, in your generation there were more after school programs, more finances, more donations. So the next time, donate, volunteer and don’t forget the future is in the hands of our youth.
I have been told, “You are sitting on gold with that mind and voice of yours.” So I use it to inspire others. Until next time, I’m Nicole Cabell.
Benny Montgomery, Constituent Services Representative, has worked for the U.S. House of Representatives for the past 28 years. For the past 14 years, he has been focusing in HIV/AIDS funding for the State of Illinois. In addition to helping the state and the city of Chicago receive various grants, Ben helped to create a lottery ticket where 100% of the net proceeds benefited organizations providing HIV prevention education and services for those living with HIV/AIDS.
Joe Hoereth is Director of UIC’s Institute On Policy and Civic Engagement & Norma Ramos is the Director of Marketing and Communications.
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Remember the days when you had to put on your best look, grab your business cards, the pencil & pen set with your initials on them and head to a networking event filled with people you’ve never met. This networking event, catered with wine, cheese and strategic conversation was aimed at getting a lead or a few important business cards. Networking was/is a must for developing and growing one’s business; for account acquisition, job leads or just to help one’s business succeed. Those days still exist, but our ever-changing world full of technological advances have created a new form of networking that has even brought socially shy people into the spotlight more and more each day. I know that most of you are used to the term Social Networking, but for the sake of this article we’ll call those of us caught up in online connections through various sites on the World Wide Web, Networking Socials.
There was a time when people went to coffee houses in pairs to chat about work, children, school and pets. These days chatting at the coffee-house is a slight distraction for Networking Socials; so enter signs posted on windows for the technical eye to see, “FREE WiFi“. Yes, that’s it, I (emphasis on I) will stop right here and have my coffee; my laptop, cappuccino and I can get some networking out-of-the-way. Just when you thought your battery might run out, have no fear, electric plugs are being installed in record numbers at these coffee shops. So in you go and within a matter of 10 minutes you check into as many sites that you are associated with to make sure that you have not missed an important update or an opportunity to network with a perspective contact. Finally, you are engaged and on your strategically chatting, writing way.
How Do I Manage My Time?
If you can keep your mind focused on traditional networking for just a moment, I want to remind you of the importance of those face to face networking events. If you were like me, you had a business card goal. I would say to myself, “I want to leave here tonight with 10 to 15 meaningful business cards.” Meaningful meant, I did not just collect business cards to be collecting business cards. I took time to speak with people and listen to other conversations happening around the punch table. During these conversations, I was able to meet, learn about, or be pointed in the direction of someone who can be of assistance to me and my goal for networking in the first place. This concept should be the same for Networking Socials on the World Wide Web, on Facebook, Twitter, Linked in or even via email. Listen with your eyes, yes I’ll write that again in the next sentence. Listen with your eyes. Use your eyes to do the job that your ears cannot do, unless you’re on Skype. Use your writing as your handshake to make the connection. Make sure you prepare thoughts in advance, so that you can ask the right questions and get out of the chatting, writing, and socializing exactly what you want. If you’re into sales, ask for the sale, but don’t be surprised of rejection if you haven’t been social. Social Networking, Networking Socials is about connecting and sharing information. Read carefully and don’t always be quick to respond. Offer something important, share, don’t covet information. Your reward also comes from your investment. Information is valuable and if you want to learn, you should also be willing to share.
So go on Networking Socialite, the world is one click away from meeting you. Friend somebody, follow somebody on Twitter. Your mind is your limit! Unlock Your Champion, how many contacts can you keep up with? Whatever the answer is, don’t let the fear of a face to face meeting stop you, it may not even be necessary, if at all.
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This year has been full of learning, excitement and even some moments of sadness and exhaustion. Through this 2010 journey, I have become more aware of my low level of tolerance for those words, things, actions that bring other people down, that destroy families, that feed the greedy. I have prayed stronger, needed less and have had a greater appetite for love and to give love. I have often used my words, that are a gift that I was given from my creator at an early age, to spread messages that are generated from my experiences, and/or my physical, spiritual and emotional connections to others and their experiences.
I felt the pain (as much as possible) of our children whose lives were snuffed out by the anger of violence and prayed for us to #StopChicagoYouthKillings, and was encouraged by the voices of my twitter/facebook friends to the tune of hundreds who felt the same way. In 2011, I pray that we continue to spread outcries from various people and organizations that received national headlines in 2010 bringing attention to neglected children in inner city communities across this “great” USA. Our children need to know that we care about them and the future of the human race. I grew up in a faith that recognizes that cutting down our children, basically destroys access to the future.
My strong, gentle and caring husband has a quote that I basically use as much as possible, because I love it so much. C’s quote is, “Progress is measured by the support you give another.” I have always wanted to be in a position to do as much for others as I possibly can, and one of my favorite people Oprah Winfrey does this well. I have had dreams of having a large bus and just going through the City of Chicago and doing for those who need it most, asking for nothing in return. In this dream, I imagine holding on to the feeling that perhaps the little bit that I am able to give, helped someone believe that this world can be a better place for everyone.
That is my hope for 2011, simple and sweet, that you, the one who is reading this message, that they, the ones who cannot see, that this world, this America, this Chicago will find peace at last. I know that God can deliver us all through dark days into the light of tomorrow that carries more hope and more promise than the past. So forget what happened yesterday, the journey is a part of the process that will carry you to the exact place that you are supposed to be. You just need to believe in whatever it is that brought you this far. Thank you God for an amazing husband, a beautiful child, family, extended family, in-law family, friends, animals, earth, wind, fire, water, metal, love, life, laughter. For 2011:
I wish that all troops can be returned home to their families as quickly as possible and that they receive the care they need to heal.
I pray for families and friends, for healing and strength with a bond eternal.
I pray for my facebook and twitter connections that all of you will be protected by love and God’s promise for you.
I pray for the hungry that they will find food, clothing and shelter in this world of ours in limitless supply.
I pray for those who need jobs that the economy will strengthen and make your finances stable.
I pray for our children (my child) that you will know that you are loved and that you will be protected with every step you take and every move you make.
I pray for those who care for children everywhere, that you receive the patience and support you need to love the children that you come in contact with.
I pray for the mothers (my mother and mother in-law) that you are blessed for the love that you give to your children everywhere.
I pray for the women and men of the world that you find the support, love, strength that you need to be strong.
I pray for my husband that you are given the tools that you need to continue to enhance the beautiful visions that you have and have shared with our family and that the canvas that we have painted for each other continues to flourish.
This is my wish for #2011
My husband and I are creating a family covenant and marriage covenant that will be prayed over as we take part in a watch service to ask for God’s protection and love. We will also pray for world peace and therefore for each and every one of you.