A lot has been happening lately, personally and professionally, causing me to think about how we communicate with one another today. While I use social media and texting daily, I blame it for taking away the personal level of communication that I feel helps to fuel the human mind, heart and soul. Everyone seems to live behind some sort of screen.
I admit, I am full-on guilty of not reaching out via telephone to plenty of people as often as I should which is why I’m writing this because I want to change that. But people are guilty in not reaching out to me as well. Life is not a one way street, folks. It takes two, at least, to communicate. And when we do all reach out to one another, it is usually when someone needs something (sorry mom, dad, etc…). It’s so rare to give or receive a phone call where there is no agenda, no topic other than to check in and see how life is going. I want to get back to that and I want others to as well. I think we’ll all be better for it. You don’t have to talk for hours on end, which I think is one reason why we text, post, etc. Because it’s fast. It delivers a message quickly without the time or commitment that comes with having a verbal conversation. Who has time to sit on the phone and catch up with the 10 most important people in your life on a weekly basis? No one. Well, maybe some people, but not me. But this is not a message about making time for long conversations. It’s about making time, period, even if it’s five minutes once every couple weeks. Better than nothing. And your relationships will strengthen because of it.
I don’t want to get completely into it, but the next time you are about to communicate about something important and meaningful (like birthdays, congratulations, etc), via social media or text to a person in your close personal life that you normally call, pick up the phone so they can hear your voice and keep the social media and texts as an added bonus.
Note: I never said I would never text again, who am I kidding, but not when I know someone would rather hear my wonderful voice.
Be sure to check out my pins on the matter. I’m now going to create a board each week to go along with these posts. Well, I better get going, I have a lot of people I need to call today!
Does anyone else feel the same or different about communicating with people in your own personal circle? Do tell!
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