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Connecting or disconnecting?

“Sometimes there is a greater lack of communication in facile talking than in silence. ”
~ Faith Baldwin ~


Yesterday while sitting in a restaurant, I noticed about half of the people at their tables were either talking, looking at or text messaging on their cell phones. Walking home I observed people on street corners either checking messages or texting.

Cell phones have made communicating so easy that people are really connected today. Yet we may want to ponder how meaningful these connections are.

Is our fascination with cell phones just another time-consuming addiction that distracts us from what we want for ourselves and life? At the end of each day, have we used our time well, in fulfilling and meaningful ways?

I suggest AN EXPERIMENT...

For every few text messages and calls you make with other people, send a message to yourself. E-mail yourself with a question or comment about an idea, your feelings, your inspirations, your pains, your motives, whatever. Any time you're inspired by your experience, make a little note of it - email yourself.

You might even send just one word - the essence of how you feel now or send a 7 word or less headline that summarizes your day. Save these in a file and review them regularly.

This little experiment could yield the best conversations of your day. It might even prompt more quality in your connections with others.

Talk frequently to the most important person in your life - YOU!

John and Patrice

“You can live a lifetime and, at the end of it, know more about other people than you know about yourself.”
~ Beryl Markham ~

“You have to know what's important and what's unimportant, for you. ”
~ David Harold Fink ~

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John & Patrice Robson
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