Wading through endless emails, voicemails, and texts, I find myself inundated with various forms of communication. I am constantly connected to the world through electronic devices, and my work requires me to have at least one social media site open, jumping in to comment, post, and share for clients and myself. I am in constant communication. And yet, I feel more disconnected than ever these days.
I know I am not alone in feeling out of touch with people while constantly communicating in one form of electronic chatter or another. I hear and read regularly of others struggling with these same issues. No matter how convenient and instantaneous our messages can be through electronic forms of communication, nothing could be better than communicating in person.
Maintaining a connection with others is a soul-satisfying experience, not to be replaced by electronic devices pinging us or perusing Facebook for updates. Seeing a facial expression, hearing a story with all the nuances and inflections from the speaker, holding a hand, or stealing a kiss-this all requires connecting in the real world, not the virtual one. While I enjoy the ease of convenience with sending a quick text to my fiancé, family, and friends, being with them in person is how a greater depth of connection occurs.
The challenge in the world we live in is making the effort to have these personal connections more often. Here are some tips for connecting (or reconnecting) with others:
- Invite a friend out for coffee.
- Schedule a date with your significant other.
- Coordinate a group of friends for a casual potluck (less work and more time enjoying company).
- Call someone to simply chat.
- Invite a friend in the neighborhood to go for a walk.
- Initiate a regular get-together (monthly book club, quarterly dinner club, etc) with a group of friends.
There are countless ways to be more in touch, but this list is a good start to spark a few ideas for a better connection with others.
Do you have additional ideas?
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