For now, one of the ideas I feel led to highlight in my writing and podcasting (as soon as start) is connection. Specifically, the understanding that as humans we need to connect with other humans, to be in relationships with each other, and to help each other out.
As an introverted-extrovert, or someone who likes being by himself but also realizes he needs people in his life, I am an advocate for connection because, in my opinion, we are at our best when we live our lives in concert with other people. We are all on the journey, we might as well encourage and support each other along the way.
In light of our world’s need for social-distancing or social-isolation at the moment because of COVID-19 we might need to make an even greater effort to connect. While some say technology has allowed us to already be more isolated than past generations, I’m wondering if perhaps technology can also help bring us closer together. (Keeping in mind of course, my ultimate solution for making sure we connect with other people requires a mix of face-to-face interaction and technology, and my tendency would be to lean heavier towards face-to-face interaction.)
But for now, we need to be mindful of what is going on around us, and for our own and others well-being, we probably ought to follow the suggestions for group and personal space interaction we being asked to follow. If nothing else, a little bit of common sense in light of our current crisis will go a long way.
How can technology help bring us closer together? Here are just a few ideas.
- Reach out to people you haven’t had a conversation with in awhile. Most social media platforms have a messaging feature, and it is really easy to jump in there and send a quick note of greetings and encouragement. Even if you just say hi, and ask a simple questions of “How’s life?” the thought will be appreciated. If you have their phone number a text will suffice.
- Call somebody. Every once and awhile hearing someone’s voice is just better than getting a text message.
- Live video. Use any one of the many video conferencing apps and spend some time catching up, face-to-face via a screen.
At a time when many in our country and world are having to distance themselves from other people for their and everyone’s safety and well being, perhaps we need to make an effort to reach out and connect.