Modern technology is awesome ... it is wonderful ... it is fantastic! It is killing us! We have lost the ability to communicate eye-to-eye. You go into a restaurant and not only are the children sitting there on their electronic gadgets, but their parents are on them too! How many out there actually sit down for family dinners any longer? How many actually go outside and spend quality time with their children? When you go on vacation with family (if you still do), how much of your vacation time is actually spent with one another without cell phones, laptops, head sets? People, it is not just you ... I am guilty also! We have to wake up and realize that as great as technology is today, it is just as dangerous. We are losing one another to another world ... a world where people communicate only through text messages, emails, or social media. We need to set aside time to reconnect with one another ... a time to regroup and realize we have things in common with our children ... a time to love on each other using our physical beings. It is great to have someone send you a text saying "I love you", but how much greater it is to have someone take the time to come visit with you ... take you to dinner ... watch a movie! Face time is precious and daily fading. It is the most precious commodity we have and it is the least used.
Special days ... ahh days like birthdays, anniversaries, Valentine's Day, Mother's Day, Easter, Thanksgiving, Christmas! They come and they go. You might have received a quick text message or Facebook post to acknowledge your day. It may have come just to you, or it was in a 'group' text. You read it, you smile, and you move on. It was nice ... it was a fleeting thought! Nothing more and nothing less. We are appreciative for what we got, if anything. When was the last time you received an actual birthday card in the mail ... an anniversary card ... a Christmas card? I get so excited when I receive personal mail. It tells me I was worth that extra few moments it took for someone to think of me. I was special enough for someone to take the time to purchase a card and put it in the mail just for me. I was not a fleeting thought! Someone truly cared and took the time to say so! Flowers? How uplifting it is to find flowers on your table ... on your steps ... through delivery! It says you touched a life and someone is appreciative. How very special you are!
I realize there are lots of ways to say "I love you" without buying flowers, without spending money you may not have, but I think you get my drift in all of this. Some people find flowers impersonal. I think if flowers only come every blue moon and not on a regular basis, then they are special and they say a lot! Remember how nice it used to be to receive that 'thinking of you' card in the mail? When was the last time you did the flowers or the card or anything for someone that costs you something other than money ... it costs you time?
I challenge you today to make a commitment to set aside family time ... time without electronics ... time without texting ... time without cell phones ... time for just you and those you love! Stop and buy a card for that someone special that you think of occasionally and meant to call, but you simply forgot. Send flowers to someone you love for no reason. Send an "I am thinking of you card" to that teacher who touched your life in a special way and you never showed your appreciation! Rethink your options for today ... for this week ... for this month ... heck, for the year! Squeeze in time to spend with loved ones so they can truly feel special and loved because you did not send a text but you brought yourself! Stop and buy that card periodically for a family member, a friend, a teacher, a co-worker, or send to someone anonymously simply because you know they need encouragement! Be that person today who goes the extra step to say 'you care'! You will be amazed how great you will feel because you did!
Have a blessed day!