I recently wrote a very small post on taking 5 minutes to acknowledge other people are alive. I was shocked at the number of people who confirmed how difficult it is to get anyones attention. Oh My Goodness or should I say Oh My God. What are we coming to?
Giving 5 minutes of Your time to help someone is nothing. I had a conversation with my neighbor. We talked about how even 15 years ago kids under the age of around middle school did not have a cell phone. How people would call and talk, not text. Technology has advanced so fast it has taken over the verbal, hands on, acts of kindness and TIME SPENT. There are so many lonely people. Its time we thought about it, who do you really feel connected with. Who would you call in the case of an emergency. Who could you call to borrow a few dollars or even more? Who can you really say you trust with secrets. The answers to all of the above in 2016 I feel would be FEW.
I watch children interact for more than 5 minutes with each other. They talk, argue, even fight, but then they make up and become friends again. At least they are having interaction with each other. Parents wonder why it is getting harder to get through to their kids, why so many teens are committing suicide, cyberbullying is rising, and of course the obesity problem. Physical activity is a thing of the past, unless your forced to play when you are in elementary school, once you hit middle school computers are the focus. I know most kids under 10 if you ask them their favorite subject they usually say recess. However, when they reach a certain age, they will either be given a laptop from school or a cell phone and communication with others goes out the window.
Do not get me wrong. I have a laptop. I enjoy using a cell phone for emergencies. I believe computers have helped the going green subject. Many trees are still alive due to computers. However, I being a single Mom know how it is to have no one to call at times. So back to my point, people need people. I do not want to offend anyone, but I keep hearing the words, I hate people. Well, you might need someone someday. It is not all the computer ages fault.
We are all created with an inner desire for relationship. There is a part of us that needs a friend. Don’t you remember in school being the last one picked to play. Especially if you moved and started a new school system and nobody knew you, forget it.
Myself I choose to keep my antenna up for that one that might need a ride, or a few dollars, because I know when it is my turn I pray someone is watching to lend a hand. The ups and downs of life are hard enough. But to walk this planet day after day, year after year with no communication or someone saying to me, Are You OK?, this would be just awful.
I want to teach my family every human being deserves to be treated with respect.