On Not Neglecting Friends

While working today on a task I was finding rather challenging – a learning experience, as they say – I took a call from my friend Chris Gilbey. It was a welcome interruption. A chat with Chris is always stimulating and frequently challenging: read his posts on Perceptric and you’ll get the idea – a man of wide reading, insatiable curiosity and a truly cosmopolitan view. Gilbey spends a lot of his time travelling the world and is frequently out of the country on the rare occasions I am in his city, so our friendship is seriously supported by the wonderful connectivity offered by Skype, email and mobile (cell) phones.

On his Quotes – Famous Quotes blog, my fellow LinkedIn Blogger Bill Austin has included the lovely quote from Ralph Waldo Emerson:

Go often to the house of thy friend, for weeds choke the unused path.

Well, a lot of my friends live a long way away, so dealing with the weeds on the path will have to be their challenge, but using the phone and email more, so as to keep in touch, would be an excellent idea.

Memo to Des – learn from Gilbey, call a friend tomorrow.

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I show business owners and other professionals how to navigate the social media maze and use LinkedIn effectively. I'm an author, speaker, business coach, social media strategist and LinkedIn specialist. Connect with me on LinkedIn, Google Plus and Twitter. And to stay in the loop, get my weekly Social Business Bites.


  1. Anonymous says:

    That’s just worms the hart to hear!

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  3. Anonymous says:

    A couple of other things came to my mind reading this …something about the unused path and going to the house of a friend …

    They are not really that relevant but that quote called to mind both Robert Frost’s “The Road not Taken”

    “Then took the other, as just as fair,

    And having perhaps the better claim,

    Because it was grassy and wanted wear;

    Though as for that the passing there

    Had worn them really about the same,”

    and this item from Ralph Waldo Emerson

    “If a man can write a better book, preach a better sermon, or make a better mousetrap, than his neighbor, though he build his house in the woods, the world will make a beaten path to his door.”

    Bill Austin

  4. Anonymous says:

    Thank you for reminding me how invaluable my friends are. Last week I made the time to call an old friend, last month the father of a friend I had lost contact with, and both times felt vitalized after our conversations. As the years pass, my crises change, but genuine friendship does not. I owe someone else a call-someone who considered me her best friend the last time I talked to her over a year ago.