Seth Godin, Tony Hsieh, and Julie Andrews

Last night, Sara and I were sitting on the couch as we often do in the evenings after she is done painting and I am done writing or editing.  She was working on the Sunday New York Times Crossword Puzzle, while I alternated reading Seth Godin‘s Linchpin and Tony Hsieh‘s Delivering Happiness.

I checked my phone (as I often do every five seconds; yay, Crackberry!) and noticed a text message had come through.  It was from Sara’s sister, Melissa.  She mentioned that the Sound of Music was on and that she, her sister, and mom were all watching it (she told me it’s a Strohmeyer family tradition).  It’s also one of my Dad’s favorite films (he sings Edelweiss just like Christopher Plummer).  I changed the channel to the appropriate station.  Sara eventually began to sing (and so did I).  It occurred to me, then, that though we were all in different time zones, we were all watching the same media and likely singing the same songs at the same time.

A shared theme in the Hsieh and Godin books are that we live in a connected world, which is creating new opportunities.   I live with that knowledge in my head, but it’s simple everyday activities like sending or receiving a text, turning on a WiFi-enabled television set, and then writing about it on a blog that make it evident that, despite distance, we truly live in a connected world.

When you know the notes to sing, you can sing  most any thing, indeed!

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