We certainly live in a highly elevated techno-savvy world, don’t we? Facebook, Twitter, email, texting, and many other websites and smart phone apps are available for all types of people who want to be included into a community of some sort. With hectic schedules, either as a career mom or a stay at home mom, we have certainly come to rely on the speed and convenience of technology when it comes to communication with other friends, family and our spouses. It has become easier to send an E-card for a birthday, to text a time for a lunch or play date, to use Evite for planning and sending invites for a get-together, to forward an email to remind a group of their next meeting, to share reading interests with friends on Goodreads and to shop, order and send someone a gift right from an online store.
Because women are made for community and relationship, it is not problem for us to jump right on board this social media wagon. I think that Facebook is fantastic for keeping up with friends and family, Twitter is a unique and effective networking and marketing tool, and texting is can be so quick and helpful (especially with your teenagers!). I use them all and more. However, it is crucial to always remember that these are tools, and not replacements for TRUE friendships and community.
Just as we as women love relationship, we also want to be valued and appreciated, don’t we? Today, I want to encourage you to take the time periodically to encourage your friends in an old-fashioned way: with a handwritten note or greeting card. There is such a feeling of thoughtfulness and acceptance when you receive a birthday card or some sort of “thinking of you” card via snail mail. It is a delight to know that someone else thought enough of you to find the card, write the note, address the envelope and buy a postage stamp, just for you. “Old fashioned” can still be more special!
While today’s technology has taken over and still will be the main mode of communication, don’t forget to take time to affirm your relationships in a significant way.
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