"Reach out and touch someone!"
Anyone remember this little slogan from Ma Bell?
It's probably at least 25 to 30 years old, but it's
message was clear and concise. This was also probably
before they deregulated the phone company. The theory
was to increase competition and lower prices to consumers.
About the only thing this managed to accomplish was to
actually make your bill higher. So much for that theory.
Technology has come up with all manner of devices
that are meant to make it easier to connect with people.
It's all right there at your fingertips. But, you see, the
paradox of this is that we seem to be losing the art of
conversation. "I'll just send off an email or a text just to
let them that I thought of them at least once today."
That just about sums it up, doesn't it? Our lives are just
so jam packed that we can't even bring ourselves make
the effort to pick up the phone and say hello. To hear a voice
at the other end of the line that is genuinely happy to
hear your voice. That nuance that you hear in the voice
on the other end of the line can convey a lot of meaning,
Hearing and listening are two very separate things.
Empathy is becoming elusive, as well.
I am reminded of a song I heard many years ago. It's
one of those songs that just seems to pop into your head,
from time to time.
It's a simple little song, but it's message will cut
right through all the noise and distractions of the world.
"Hello In There" is the name of the song and it's
written/sung by John Prine.
Just calling someone up to say hello or to let them
know that you were thinking of them, will never/ever be a
waste of time. Sorry folks, but email just don't cut it!
Hope you like the picture of Twinkle. She is a pistol
and Omar is pooped at the end of the day from chasing
her around the house.
Busy day ahead, so I had best get to it. Back later!