There is nothing wrong with change, if it is in the right direction.
~ Winston Churchill


I have to say I have been truly amazing and inspired by the world that is Twitter! While it often takes a lot of time and upkeep and yes, many of the tweets often feel like bombardments of sales pitches, it is well worth the time and energy put in.

Over the last few weeks, I have had calls with people I have connected with on and through Twitter and I have been completely inspired! Thank you! And it got me excited to talk to many more Twitter-friends to come!

When I moved to LA, I was amazed by this place that so many people dislike because for me I found a haven. For me, I found home. LA is the land of misfit toys. Do you remember that land in the childhood favorite TV show Rudolf The Red Nosed-Reindeer, where all the “misfit” toys go when they are rejected by Santa’s elves if they are deemed not good enough to be given out on Christmas? Well, LA is a lot like that, people who haven’t fit any where else, fit in here. We are dreamers, we are believers. Why else do you think it is called the City of Angels?

You may think I digress, but here’s the tie in. While LA is the land of misfit toys, Twitter of the online land of misfit toys – maybe? Or maybe not? I am not quite sure, but whatever it is, it is a community where you can be yourself and share all of you. Some days you may share what you know, what you have learned, what is the latest and greatest news or information in your fields of interest and expertise. Other days, you may share about your travels or random laughs or other stories and in doing so you begin to expose all of you.

I have heard it said (by @chrisbrogan, among others) that the universe of Twitter and similar sites, will bring us more into alignment as a culture, society and world. That is, now that we are exposing more of our personal and professional lives, we can’t continue to compartmentalize those pieces of ourselves and we are moving in the direction of better aligning our whole selves. And if we aren’t in integrity in one part of our lives, it will now, more emphatically bleed into the rest of our life. So the good news is: we are almost completely being forced into better alignment. The bad news? I don’t think this is really bad news, but some might: if we did have the tendency of being out of integrity or alignment, we might have to be a bit more careful about all that we do and say personally and professionally so as not to get caught. How cool is that, a technology like Twitter can do all that?

Anyway, here are a few of the amazing people I have met in the Twitter-verse for this #FollowFriday! I am grateful for their wisdom, friendship, mutual respect and support!

@changevnglst - Sidney Hargro is a community philanthropy professional. But his passion is social innovation and being a change agent and connecting and promoting others. He is a relentless idealist, connector and just fun, passionate, compassionate human being! His blog is at: http://www.innovate2uplift.net/! Enjoy the balance between head and heart!

@pauldunn is an entrepreneur and the Chair of Buy1GIVE1 (www.b1g1.com). He is a thoughtful, insighful philanthropist who cares deeply about leaving a legacy on this planet and inspiring others to do the same. Check him out!

@stevedrake is the CEO of DrakeCo, an accredited Association Management Company. However, Steve is also passionate about cause marketing. You can also check out his tweets at @causeaholic! His blog is at: http://blog.drakeco.com/.

@drguenette is a mind-body specialist, healer and philosopher. He is working on a project to explore peace in healing - both inner and outer peace as the solutions to all of our healing. He is an inspiring soul, more at: http://www.thecommonsensecoach.com/.

What do you find inspiring or terrific about Twitter? Who inspires you?

That is it for another exciting #followfriday! Thank you all for inspiring me and hopefully Twitter will continue to connect and inspire others! I may be found on Twitter @pilarstella and Facebook www.facebook.com/pilarstella. Peace!

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Comment by Pilar Stella on August 1, 2009 at 7:06pm
thanks stephanie, so true, where are you in europe? i love it there...grew up in italy much of my youth...love love love europe...sending peace and blessings ;) p
Comment by Stephanie on July 31, 2009 at 11:36pm
Hello....interesting reading!
I left L.A. when I was quite young, never really thinking it was a "real" city. I was young to have that idea, and when I came to live in Europe, it seemed to me, the place to be.
However, I liked reading what you have written here...about misfits. Maybe it is what I have always enjoyed about what they say about Americans "the only thing they have in common is their individuality". Maybe that is what misfits are? Each one individual?
Anyhow, time to get to bed early tonight...the heat has taken it all out of me!
Do you find that Twitter and iPeace are so different? I don't know much about other sites, but have heard good things about Twitter too.
Anyhow, time to get to bed....just like other times, sitting here sort of gets on one...and rather than get to bed we can type and type and type....
Stephanie

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