Back in September of 2001, many of us throughout America looked upward in panic and scanned the skyline for highjacked planes.
With no smart phones, we relied on the original forms of social media to get us through.
We spoke to each other to express our fears and listened to each other to soothe our burgeoning anxiety.
For those too traumatized to speak, we even petted dogs and stroked cats until our spirits were calmed down.
We also hugged…we hugged a lot as a way to silently say, “I am here for you.”
I was naive then - naive enough to think that 9/11 would be a watershed moment and there wouldn't be any more mass killing like that anymore but everyday it seems there is another event to show just how wrong I was - The Boston Marathon, Sandy Hook, Virginia Tech, Orlando, Chicago every day, Dallas, San Bernardino Baltimore, Ferguson, Aurora, Charleston, Fort Hood, Tucson and too many more...and that is just in the United States.
Smiles - Hugs - High5s: these are the forms of social media that I grew up with and since 2001, I've utilized them to engage and inspire people around the world.
My path been as fulfilling a life experience as I could have ever dreamt and prompts me to go further - that's why I am proud to announce:
I am partnering with Duke Cannon Soap to do a Hug and High5 Tour of all 50 states this year!
Beginning June 26, 2017 in Philadelphia this driving tour will navigate the contiguous 48 states over the next 79 days and end at the reopening of LOVE Park in the heart of downtown Philadelphia!
Check my calendar below for details of when I am coming to a town near you!