Correspondence takes time and effort, even if it’s just a quick word on a Facebook private message or in the comments. Most of the times a quick glance at status updates as it appears in your news feed is enough to provide some sense that friends are doing okay. That helps. I hope you’re doing okay.
“I’ve been busy. You too.” Mostly everybody understands. You have a job, maybe kids, certainly bills, you need some down time to relax, time to connect with your immediate family, your close friends.
But there are close friends of the past; there are those people that you wish you were closer to that you would like to connect with. The truth is, writing a little greeting takes mere minutes; it’s usually the case when I do, but it always feels like a significant undertaking beforehand. And I’m tired, aren’t you? Or busy tending to life’s laundry list of things that needed to get done yesterday.
Oh the things we could really accomplish when we’re tired but “feel” like we have to lay down a while and sink in some video game or T.V. time.
“You need some time to relax.” It’s true. But if you’re anything like me, you override the “fully recharged” signal in exchange for another half hour on Youtube, maybe more during precious down time.
How much of an active effort have you really been making to connect with friends? When did living with the guilt or sadness of absence (no matter how big or small or fleeting) become easier to bear than spending a moment sending some form of our thoughts that we’re thinking of them?
Wanna change that? On board? Here’s some suggestions for things to do this week:
Write an old friend that you’ve been meaning to get in touch with
Turn off the TV, computer, music, video game, whatever’s your reprieve and think about what kind of person you are to others and who you want to be.
Create something that honors your past.
Just to let you know, I thought about you today. Hope you're doing fine.