#430: Reaching Out To Spark Friends

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Remember the commercial from years past for the telephone company that urged us to "Reach out and touch someone" by calling friends and family long-distance?

I followed that suggestion tonight and was blessed three times over. First by Lori (MOMMA_LITTLE) then Leslie (LESLIE537) and finally Missy (YATMAMA).

What happened to make this such a special night? I called these long-time emoticons across the country to say hi. I was going to call tomorrow, Thanksgiving, but realized that might be too hectic a day to chat for the first time and to start to get to know better some of my treasured SP friends. emoticon

We had terrific conversations with lots of laughter and I came away with a new-found respect for these truly amazing ladies. I am so blessed to have made a connection with them. Reading their blogs, posts, friend feeds and messages will now be read with a deeper respect since I have a voice to go with their pictures.

Over time, I look forward to talking with the others I've connected with across the U.S., Canada, Finland and other places. It is one thing to learn of people's lives through their profile pages and blogs. It is something else to hear an actual voice.

With so many calling programs today offering free long-distance, unlimited minutes and other incentives, why don't you reach out also if you haven't already? Just as it is nice to talk with a dear family member or close friend you haven't called in a while, it is as nice to talk with new friends. emoticon

I am happy I did. You will be, too. Doing so makes a person real, not simply a picture and a profile. Sure, through our blogs we come to learn of others' ups and downs, their successes and their tribulations, their likes and dislikes, their relationships, their children, their jobs and hobbies and so much more. But actually talking adds a more valued dimension to the connection.

The next best thing will be getting together with Spark friends from my area and those from out of the area who might come to visit. Such magical times. emoticon

As one more commercial, this time for cereal, proclaimed, "Try it. You'll like it," and you will be blessed beyond measure if you also reach out.
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    That was nice!! I have talked to 1 Sparkfriend so far. She is from Maine.

    Wendy emoticon
    3789 days ago
  • no profile photo CD5178852
    How true! Tonight I heard the voice of a friend in Indio California! They are roasty-toasty and we are chilly in Canada.
    When they come home for Christmas, I'll get to visit.

    Lately, I use Google to call or I use Skype. I watch my mom & dad 4,000 km away on their video camera too! What a hoot!

    3790 days ago
    This was so great to read. How awesome is it that you got to speak to some of your friends. What an great way to invest in special relationships. I'm going to do this someday too . . . I like it.

    Awesome!! Take care, Jan emoticon
    3791 days ago
    emoticon I liked that advertisement "Reach out and touch someone!" In this day and age there is no excuse for being lonely . Have a blessed day Lou.
    3792 days ago
    I am so glad you had the opportunity to call your spark friends!
    3794 days ago
    Hearing voices of already-friends is really great. I'm so happy for you to have touched others via phone as well as these wonderful blogs. Lou, you are an inspiration to us all. I'm working on enjoying my journey more, and not JUST looking forward to my 'ultimate' goal(s).
    3794 days ago
    Love it!
    3794 days ago
    You are such a sweet person. I imagine that you brightened the lives & days of everyone that you called! I recently spoke to a Spark Friend on the phone & I can tell you that it made my whole day. Bright blessings to you my friend. You make my heart smile! Love you, Dawn emoticon
    3794 days ago
  • no profile photo YW84FRIDAY
    What a cool idea! I would love to talk to you sometime. I guess I just never thought of it until you mentioned it. I'm very thankful for your friendship, Lou, and am looking forward to getting to know you better.

    I hope you had a blessed Thanksgiving and enjoyed time with your family.

    3794 days ago
    And don't forget to reach out to family who are out of town. I will be calling my sister later tonight. Already talked to daughter who is with her hubby's family in NJ. And if you don't call, try something even older - write an actual letter and send it snail mail. Nothing beats a real letter in the mail instead of bills and junk!
    3794 days ago
    emoticon That is a fantastic idea! I am currently having trouble with my SKYPE but once sorted will certainly do so!
    3794 days ago
    I have this same thought all of the time. With texting & FB, no one calls anyone anymore. Home phones are almost obsolete & cells are sometimes not charged or in the car. The end result is no one talks anymore. Lou, this is a great idea for a challenge for some of the teams. "Call at least 3 friends on the phone today". You rock!

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    3794 days ago
  • LESLIES537
    I am so happy you did too! I agree, putting a voice with the person behind the profile page adds a whole new dimension, a deeper connection if you will. SparkPeople has been one of the best things to ever happen to me and the fact that these Spark friends are turning into more than virtual acquintances but REAL, TRUE friends is awesome. YOU are awesome! Thank you so much for making my day! I will definitely keep in touch! HUGS!

    I am blessed beyond measure for sure!
    3795 days ago
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  • BOVEY63
    Reaching out to touch you through the internet my friend! Hoping you have a lovely evening and wonderful Thanksgiving.
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    3795 days ago
    That's awesome!!!

    Glad you got so much out of it Lou!
    3795 days ago
    That is the best thing of all,Called family and fiends today.Happy Thanksgiving everybody emoticon
    3795 days ago
    You caused my heart to overflow with happy!! THANK you for calling. I can't tell you how much it meant to me. You are a blessing for which I am SO thankful at this time of counting our blessings. I am so thankful for the gift of your friendship. Have a blessed Thanksgiving filled with love and laughter!!!

    3795 days ago
    Lou, thanks for the friendly call today! It really did lift my spirits and thank you for making me laugh and smile! Your blog is great, and you're right! We need to reach out to others more, in one way or another! emoticon emoticon Happy Thanksgiving, my friend! emoticon
    3795 days ago
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