Staying in touch with people used to be a two-way street – a letter mailed, a letter back in reply; a phone call made, a message left, a returned call; or bumping into someone on the street …
Today, I, among them, communicate primarily (too much, methinks) in one-way situations. Whether we blog, post our writings on websites, post on Twitter or Facebook or dozens of others, we communicate with our acquaintances and with the world who might be watching. But everyone is too busy posting, reading, or ignoring.
Most of those communications are generic shout-outs from our i-megaphones to everyone’s ears. It’s great to be so well connected to everything we might want to receive many times each day, but they are no substitute for meeting/greeting face-to-face or in a two-way dialogue.
I’ve resumed my efforts to write personal notes daily – and admit the ‘staying in routine’ has been a challenge, but I’m making progress. My dodgy handwriting seems to be getting more legible.
Responsibility does not rest with others. It rests with us. If we want people to call us, write us or visit us, we have to do the same with them. It’s a two-way street, but someone has to start.
Congratulations Mark on your milestone column! Heartfelt thanks for all your morning thoughts! I look forward to your next 7000! Keep well and have a warm, happy summer, MV, Kingston, ON
Seven thousand is indeed a significant milestone. It’s obvious to me that when you set out to do something, you have the determination to see it through. But I don’t believe Musings has an end as long as you have a thought in your head and air in your lungs. It is an integral part of your life. I’m sure I’m not alone in looking forward to reading the next 7,000. I hope you have the best of days, HM, Calgary, AB