Put Down Your Phone
I am training for an endurance ride in August. During the week, my husband and I do a couple of training rides. One of our go-to places to ride is to the park right down the street from us. Last week we were out there, and I found myself watching people as they walked around the park. There was one thing I noticed about pretty much everyone out there.
Can you guess what it was?
They were on their phone. Everywhere I looked, I saw people together, but they were on their phones. I was blown away. Please know that I am not coming from a place of judgment but observation. Seeing this got me thinking. What was it like when we didn't have cell phones? What was it like when we weren't all connected to social media, email, and texting?
How does this impact our ability to build community?
My oldest daughter and I were talking about the impact of social media. She shared that because of social media, she has been able to connect with people all over the world and see parts of the world, she would probably never get to in her life. While yes, this is great I this there is another side to this.
Think about how many connections you have on social media? Now, think about how many of those connections you are connecting to in a meaningful way? Not someone that sees the highlight reel of your life but someone that knows you, your story, and your heart? How does this impact building community?
I am not trying to say that you can't build a community online. One of my passions is to do just that. What I am trying to say is that it requires each of us to be intentional about making time to connect with people; with other women. When was the last time you were intentional about meeting someone for coffee or talk on the phone?
In my opinion, we need to put our phones down and engage in a meaningful way with other women. Sitting down over a cup of coffee and sharing your story is one of the most empowering things you can do for yourself and others.
I love this quote by Rachel Naomi Remen,
"The most basic and powerful way to connect to another person is to listen. Just listen. Perhaps the most important thing we ever give another is our attention".
Put down your phone, reach out to someone, and listen to their story. Let's build a community together.
Are you in?
While I understand that creating a meaningful connection means different things to different people,
What does a meaningful connection mean to you?
What can you do to start creating those meaningful connections with others?
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