What am I searching for? The answer can hardly be encompassed by the term "networking", and certainly doesn't fall anywhere close to the other choices G+ has seen fit to offer below. I am searching for meaningful interactions. I am searching for ways to make contributions that improve the lives of people I touch and the world we live in. I am searching for the wisdom to make choices that will lead me to fulfillment.
I hope to leave a legacy that has nothing to do with material wealth or fame. Whether or not we are aware of it, each of us creates a legacy by the example we set in our everyday lives. Even anonymously, every action we take, every word we speak or write, every smile we share or frown we bestow, lives on in the effects they have on the people they touch. Admirable things we do may inspire others to change the way they do things. Negative things we write, say, or do may perpetuate the same behavior in the victims of our thoughtlessness.
When I get to the end, if I have a chance to look back, I want to see my life, not as a series of fun events that gave me momentary self-indulgent happiness (though I have to admit that more than a few of those offer cherished memories), but as the evolution of understanding that leads to a deeply-rooted serenity of the soul.
I have shared pages of some of the people I have met here on Google+ who have become more to me than distantly anonymous profiles. They are talented, thoughtful, communicative folks. They have taught me technical things -- particularly about photography -- and they have taught me about the kindness, humor, respect, and depth that can exist in this world between strangers. Their generosity has made me question how much more generous we all could be with those we actually know. What I have learned about them as human beings makes me believe you will find them engaging, too.
I hope you enjoy your time on G+, and find it even more rewarding than I have. It is what you make it -- within the bounds of what the g+ood folks at Google allow you to do.
If you're new to G+ you might want to take a look at this. They aren't my personal selections, but come from a thinking group of people who have become the G+ Welcoming Committee.
WELCOME NEWBIES! :)
Are you new to Google+? Take a look
at some of the links below to find some advice/suggestions. These are
not written by me, just..shared!