In the sea of information that swims around all of us in today’s world, how do you choose which email, what newsletter, what blog, what video, etc to read, listen to, and watch? Almost every day, I open my computer to this overwhelming sea, and wish that I could read all the emails that show up – at least the interesting ones. I wish I could see all the postings of my Facebook friends, and to respond to each one of them. I also miss talking to those friends on the phone, over coffee, at ladies nights, and in women’s circles.
In the midst of all these ways to communicate and stay in touch, I long for the face-to-face meetings. I miss those intimate, in-depth conversations with people. I don’t want them over the phone, or even in an email or on Skype, I prefer them in person. I want to see the person’s eyes, their mannerisms like the subtle tilt of their head as they reveal how they really feel. I want to see and hear their giggle at a story that we both share. I want to take the time to linger over coffee, or a meal, and not rush, but really see and hear that person across from me.
I believe our world with all its ways to communicate is becoming more impersonal in the process. Many people stay in touch now through texts and social media. Those communication tools leave me feeling distant and cool to the touch. I do realize that many of my friends live faraway now, and that some of these tools are the only ones left right now for us to stay in touch.
Even with this distance between us, I wonder if there are better ways to stay in touch. Maybe the lost art of letter-writing will make a come-back. It could be a short note, a card, or even a post card. Mailing a letter through the post office sounds so old-fashioned, but how many of us miss receiving those letters in our mail boxes? We now send birthday greetings on Facebook, but what about selecting a special card that captures your relationship with that person? Or maybe sending a card or letter for no reason, but just to let them know you’re thinking of them.
“What’s in the cards?” 1911 by Paul Spangenberg
These brief missives being sent out in the mail could be the beginning of more love spreading around the country, and even the world. As a young woman, I had pen pals in many far-reaching places, from England to Australia, and everywhere in between. I wrote to people on a regular basis, and waited for those air mail letters to make it to my home. I wrote to many of them for years, and now over the years, the letters have been lost through all my moving. I wish I had those letters once again, and I could look up those long-lost friends, and perhaps, meet them in person, and let them know how much their letters meant to me when I was a young girl. At that time, I felt a connection with more people than just the ones living in my small hometown. I felt a connection with the world through those letters.
Perhaps, it’s time to reach out again through letters, and connect and re-connect with others. Who knows where it could lead? I am still yearning for that one-on-one connection with friends. Perhaps, I will find that again in my new/old hometown on Cape Cod.
By Donna Fisher-Jackson, M.A. © 2018
Donna Fisher-Jackson, M.A., CHT is a Certified Hypnotherapist, Western Astrologer and Author who counsels clients through her business of Iris Holistic Counseling Services on the road at http://www.DonnaFisherJackson.com. She has published the self-help book, The Healing Path of the Romantic: Type Four of the Enneagram Personality Type System and a novel, Clara & Irving: A Love Story of Past Lives, based on the true story of a Romantic. And now her latest book, a travel adventure book, Living the RV Lifestyle: Practical Advice and Personal Tales from Life on the Road. All of her books are available in a print and Kindle edition on Amazon.