by Edie Melson @EdieMelson
|This sign greeted us at the front door of the house we stayed|
in for the Guideposts retreat at the Wainwright House property.
As I mentioned briefly on Monday, last week I was given an incredible gift. I was one of eleven women who won the 2014 TELL US YOUR STORY Guideposts contest. The prize? Spending an entire week at the Wainwright House with Guideposts editors and writers honing our craft.
Even though I got home late Friday night, it’s going to take me a while to process this amazing experience. So expect some future blog posts about what I’ve learned here.
|The closest building is Fonrose House. The larger |
building in the distance is the main house
of the Wainwright House property.
I will tell you this. The place where we stayed, Wainwright House, is a gorgeous estate, with several homes on the property. It's right on the Long Island Sound and across from a protected bird sanctuary.
But in the meantime, I want to share one lesson.
Several of us were talking and the subject of social media came up. Since I was in the group and they know I teach social media, there was immediate protestations of guilt about not utilizing this time away to share the experience in real-time on social media.
|The property is in Rye, NY, on the Long Island Sound, |
across from a bird sanctuary. Truly an amazing place!
I have to tell you what I told them. This week was NOT the time to tweet and Facebook. This has been a time to retreat, relax and rekindle—and that’s how I’ve treated it. There will be lots of time to share what happened this week—from pictures to quips to anecdotes.
There truly is a time to share and be social. But equally important, there are lots of times when we just need to be present in the moment.
What are your thoughts? How do decide when to share an experience versus just living in the moment?
Don’t forget to join the conversation!