Face to Face contact so important

Face to face contact with those you love is necessary to thrive

My life has been quite different since I moved to California at the tail end of 2008. I haven’t seen my mother or grandmother in 2 years. I last saw my sister during Christmas. I am so blessed to be visiting with 4 generations of my family at once in just a few days!

Do you sometimes feel disconnected from loved ones? I know that technology helps to connect us in ways that were not possible even 50 years ago, much less 200 years.

I’m a Jane Austen fanatic. I love the romance of manners and letter writing. As I was reading one of the many Pride and Prejudice spin-offs last night, I realized that letter writing served a bigger function than I had thought about previously. It was not only to deliver news to loved ones, it served as a kind of journal of people’s lives. Letters were kept and reread.

It was like receiving the newspaper, only the news was about your loved ones. Letters, unless they were private, were shared with other family members, read aloud, talked about, analyzed, and of course, responded to with more news from the recipient.

Social media helps us with this function. We are able to connect with others at the touch of a button and get responses within minutes as opposed to days or even months in previous times.

Still, it is imperative that we get together face to face. Nothing comes close to our ability to physically reach out and touch someone. We need that physical contact. We are social creatures who need face to face time with others to survive and thrive. So I hope you hug your loved ones today! I look forward to my face to face time with those dear to me. If we’re connected on Facebook, I’ll post pictures, maybe even videos.

I’d love to hear from you about what you’re up to and how you get that face to face time with the ones you love!

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