Tuesday, August 20, 2013
It amazes me sometimes when I see someone well into their 20's or beyond that does not have a clue how to communicate. I see why cell phones are the preferred mode of communication because it gives you time in between each exchange to prepare your next response. But I believe something is truly lost when they cannot go to work and carry on face to face conversations with their co-workers or effectively let their needs be known because they don't know where to start. Of course, it is not just the young people who have these hang ups and many of us can relate. I think it is a wonderful idea to go on a media fast every now and then and to mail a real letter that someone can store away and keep for future generations to read. How precious are letters from the Civil War? A real face is put on history when we see their emotions and love poured out with ink and paper. Will we have those kinds of things for our grandchildren or will they be lost? Just the act of a simple thank you card on a regular basis toataly transformed one man's life. We no longer communicate or know how to. When our kids were little we were sitting around on a Friday night playing Monopoly when a tornado hit down about a mile away. We did not know until later, but we were having a great time connecting with our children and building bonds that a cell phone cannot build. I challenge you to put things away that detract from face to face and real time conversations. Write a letter to someone who means a lot to you. They will treasure the thought and the time you put into it. They will get a twinge of excitement to receive something other than a bill inthe mail, too. Nothing substitutes for a good old conversation unplugged.