I feel like I haven’t been a very good friend in the last few months. I’ve spent so much time on Facebook, Twitter, learning how to optimize email and tied to my computer that I ended up not spending face-to-face or telephone time with my best friends. Yesterday afternoon I had lunch with Bob who is a good friend and also the father of my god-son Matt. Joining us was Len who is Bob’s 80 year-old father-in-law and also a good friend of mine. I can count on one hand the number of times I’ve been with them over the last six months.
And guess what? We had a wonderful time laughing and catching up about everything and nothing. Working by yourself has many benefits but it also has plenty of drawbacks and one of them is a tendency (at least on my part) to forget how important it is to spend time with people – especially your close friends.
Facebook has its place but virtual hugs and face-to-face conversations are no substitute for the real thing.
So, I’ve decided to take time every day to pick up the phone and call someone just to say hello and ask them how they’re doing. If I can’t reach them by phone, I’ll write a short note on real paper and put it in an envelope and mail it. I think I’ll get some bright colored envelopes that will make them wonder what’s inside.
Life is too short and when my time comes to check out of here, I want to know that I was the friend I want to be.
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