Micro Entrepreneurism, Simple Living & Art
Platforms can be anything from family and friends, to school and work, to sports leagues and Meetup.com, or even just Facebook and blogs.
Platforms introduce us to things and people not already a part of our world in a non-threatening way. Platforms give us the time and space to explore the “new” in a way that allows us to decide comfortably if it fits with us and has a place in our world without needing to make any commitment ahead of time. This is how my mom started seeing an acupuncturist and how we got into wanting to grow veggies. In some way, its even how we got to be in Floyd. Things percolate, and over time, the relationship either develops, or it doesn’t, but the platform keeps the idea present and accesible.
Of course, these introductions and opportunities happen all the time without platforms too, but the development of a relationship requires so much more effort, that we often never get past the beginning because it takes too much work. Its hard to muster that kind of dedication with so little knowledge of what to expect. I find myself compensating for the lack of knowledge with faith and excitement for the unknown and the challenge. But a platform must eventually be created, because the relationship won’t be able to grow without one.
If it doesn’t exist, and you want it to, you’ll figure out how to build it.