Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Disconnecting and Reconnecting

This blog has become kind of stealthy, since I took a really long break from blogging, because of the time and energy that it took. It's kind of interesting though, because I really don't have any idea who might be reading it, if anyone, but I still have a place to put thoughts, when I have them, which these days is rare.

I was thinking, earlier today, about how social media in general, and Facebook in particular, has lately become just a place to bludgeon your contacts, friends or not, with your opinions and your brand of "social commentary". Everyone is displaying their flavor; sharing articles, pictures, anecdotes and memes. Everybody is so positive that they are right, and that all that they are posting is part of a conversation. Whatever the controversy of the day may be, there is little conversing and much wailing and gnashing of teeth. It's become a tad ridiculous.

I was tempted a few times to join in and add my 2 cents, but why? No one is reading it, no one is listening, and no one really cares about the Truth. The Truth is above that particular venue, and I am thinking that maybe instead of trying to break into hearts and minds behind a screen, it's time to sit down with a few real hearts and minds, face to face. One to one. At least it is for me.

Yesterday, for instance, I took some bread that I had made, went next door to visit our elderly neighbor, and had a really nice visit. I hadn't been to see him yet, and I was so glad to be able to see him smile. Yeah, his mind comes and goes, but he seems really happy. And I enjoyed talking to his son, who has uprooted from a home and state that he really loved to come back to Maryland and be here with his dad in his last years.  And it was just a very nice visit.

I have also reconnected with a good friend who had moved away, and is now back in the area. Sitting down, and having a long visit, and talking about the kids, our homes, our school journeys, and so many other things, it just felt so real and good. We weren't getting together to accomplish anything. We didn't have an agenda. But we needed that time.

I need to be part of that world more intentionally. I need time with people. Face to Face. One to one. How can I testify to the Truth if I am always running, seeking, typing, feeding a digital habit?

I am going to make it a goal, for the rest of the Summer, to try to sit down once a day, even just for a few minutes and with a person, for no reason other than to learn something about them. What do they think? What are they struggling with? What are they celebrating?

I was always a people person. I guess technology has gotten to me, kind of pulled me in and separated me from the herd, so to speak. It's no way to live.

We'll see what I have to share along the way.

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