Digital technologies have given a whole new meaning to the word Connection. My guest, Connection Messenger* Annette Petrick has embraced many of these as much as I have, but in this 90-second episode, she offers a gentle reminder of some old-fashioned connection tools that will never go out style.
All these intricate, modern communication devices. What is their advantage again? Faster? More direct? Most of the time, yes. But not if you forget your password, hit the wrong key, or fall victim to online shenanigans – someone else’s or your own.
I’m not advocating dismantling your electronic marvels. Just suggesting you don’t give up on traditional communications that hold value – old fashioned, handwritten messages. Short ones are just fine. Two young friends, away at college, both solicit letters from home. Mail call is precious to soldiers. Those recovering are buoyed by get-well greetings. A parent and grown-up child connect readily when – “I love you” arrives in a parent’s handwriting, with a heart and Xs on the bottom.
We recently heard a lot about the love letters written to Nancy Reagan by her husband Ronald. So romantic and sincere. Somehow a retained email or Facebook post may not have the same impact. So go ahead and tweet and have a love affair with your iPhone. But be sure you add some handwritten words now and then, that are worthy of being stashed in a special place, to convey caring sentiments in the future as well as today.
Annette Petrick for Consider This
Annette Petrick is the creative genius and inspired storyteller behind the Consider This Radio Show, featuring dozens of colorful 90-second episodes serving up “timely perspectives on life, love, friends, family, giving back, and giving thanks.” You’ll laugh, cry, rant, cheer, or remember. Be sure to get on her email list HERE to receive a new episode every Sunday morning.
* What’s a Connection Messenger? At Heartspoken, a Connection Messenger is someone who helps point the way to strengthening one of life’s essential connections: with God, with self, with others, or with nature.