I believe it is important to stay connected to the people in our lives, whether they are a loved one, a co-worker, or a stranger. I genuinely like people and am interested in their lives, so when I’m waiting in line for the doors to open or waiting at the doctor’s office for my turn or to get to the cash register, I talk to the people around me. Not everyone appreciates my efforts, but that doesn’t matter. I reached out to make a connection that to me is the important issue. How many times today, did you reach out to someone?
I find it disturbing to see someone in a group or with their family spending their entire time on their cell phone, instead of talking to the people, who took the time to be with them especially if there are kids. Each time I see this, I pray that those kids are getting one on one time with the adults in their lives at some point. I can imagine the feeling of disconnect a child must feel when they are ignored or told to shush, because the adult they are with found someone more important to interact with in that moment that should have been theirs. Just because you have a cell phone doesn’t mean you have to use it.
I challenge you
1. to make at least one connection with a stranger today
2. to have several person-to-person conversations today without checking your cell phone
3. and if you have children…to turn off your phone for at least 30 minutes to have an interrupted time to connect with your children.
I’ve been pondering the disconnect between two people standing side by side using cell phones for a long while, but I didn’t think to write about it until I read a post called “Distracted.” I highly recommend Sturner2’s blog, he is insightful.
Life is good! God is great! All is right in my world!