Why Don’t We Stay in Touch?

For instrumental music while reading, choose: hi-fi (broadband) or low-fi.

We mean well, but we rarely get around to picking up the phone. We think of our friends and family often, but our busy lives get in the way of staying in contact. Yeah, that’s it. That’s my excuse . . .too busy!

Hey, they probably think of me too, at least occasionally . . . but they rarely call either. So, we’re even.

Emails are better than nothing, but even that doesn’t happen as often as it should. When was the last time you got a genuine hand-written letter? When was the last time you sent one?

A four-dollar birthday card is a reasonable stop-gap measure, but it really doesn’t do it. True, it’s quick to send and nice to receive, but it’s not the same as a more personal connection. For example, whenever you get a card with little or no personal note added, how does it make you feel? Short-changed? We all long for something resembling a real connection.

Here’s a personal example of this mysterious spotty contact. I have a cousin that I rarely see. Rob lives in the East. I live in the West. We have so much in common, it’s almost spooky. We’re about the same age. We both have one sister and no brothers. We’ve both been writing songs since we were young teenagers, and we’ve both been professional musicians for about 40 years. We’re both recording engineers, recording artists, graphic artists, etc. You’d think we’d stay in touch. Nope.

Every time we’re together, it’s great. It feels easy, comfortable and close, even if it’s been years. (And it usually has!) We enjoy one another’s company, and go our separate ways. Then we don’t call. We don’t write . . . no letters, no email . . . nothing. I just never get around to reaching out. Neither does he.

So, we’re incommunicado. I don’t know why, but that’s the way it’s always been.

How about you? How many people would you love to hear from? How many would love to hear from you? (Probably more than you think.)

Would you like to feel inspired about staying in touch with those who are important to you? Here’s an inspiring video on YouTube that’s been viewed over seven million times. It’s short (2:28) and sweet . . . so even busy people can enjoy it.

It’s about the bonds of friendship and family extending through time and space . . . and even between species. It’s an unlikely reunion between a full-grown male African lion and the human care-givers who rescued him when he was a tiny cub.

You may want to have some Kleenex handy. It’s a heart-warming experience. After you see it, you’ll know why it’s been viewed so many times. (I first saw it on July 30, 2008 and YouTube reported 7, 606,185 views. By the very next day, it reported 8,283,933 views.

Obviously, there are lots of people wondering why they don’t stay in touch better. This moving video has inspired millions to reach out and connect with those who mean the most. Enjoy . . .

P.S. Sorry this article is so short, but I wanted to finish it early so I have time to call Rob. (And maybe a few others!) Here’s an easy way to share this video – scroll down and click on the link that says, “Email this article to a friend.” (It’s below the related articles and above the box detailing my free newsletter.)

P.P.S. This note was added a few months later, and sadly, I didn’t get around to calling Rob after I finished writing this article. I recently got the news that he passed away, quickly and unexpectedly. If I would have called him, we could have talked one more time. Wow, you never know when it’s the last time! I added this P.P.S. so you don’t repeat my painful mistake. Reach out and touch someone . . . now, before it’s too late!

While reading, did you choose to hear the relaxing instrumental music linked at the beginning of this article? To learn more about it, click here.

Listen FREE to the songs below . . . chosen to enhance the ideas in this article.

Related Songs
Low Maintenance Relationship
Life seems to be all about relationships . . . to our friends, families, lovers, and to our creator. There’s always room for improvement.

Hand in Hand and Heart to Heart
“You and I drew a good lot in life.” We never take it for granted, but continually re-create it on a daily basis looking forward with imagination and gratitude.

Time of Our Lives
Time is so fleeting, so elusive, it’s good to remember the importance and power of living right now.

Where Only Freedom Flies
To be together and feel free at the same time is the essence of a relationship of mutual personal growth.

All That We Take With Us
Even sorrow brings us gifts of deeper understanding and a clearer perspective of what is really important.

Lovin’ Gold
Having someone to share the details of your life with is bound to be one of the very best definitions of living a wealthy life. Someone to love, dream and grow with through the years is a wonderful way to feel rich, complete with the potential for compounding interest over a lifetime.

Roots and Boots
We all begin our lives standing on the shoulders of our ancestors. To take a moment to try to understand what they saw, and feel what they felt can help to make our own view just a little bit clearer.

Lovers of the Heart
Isn’t it interesting that lovers feel even closer together sometimes when they are apart. How many times throughout history do you suppose lovers have stared at the moon at the same time, from different locations, with their hearts overflowing for their beloved?

Take My Hand
Companionship and the sharing of love is the thing, whether it lasts a moment or a lifetime.

Songs by Tupelo

Related Links

Related Articles

10 Ways to Grow a Relationship of Mutual Personal Development
Even though the way of discovery and personal growth is a one-lane road, it sure is nice to be able to share stretches of it with someone else. With what kind of person could you share something so profound? If having this kind of life partner is important to you, have you asked yourself, �How can I be that kind of person?

Choose the Companionship of Positive People Who Inspire You
If the people you spend the most time with are inspiring, supportive, encouraging, and they demonstrate qualities you want to emulate – great, you are on the right track. If not, it’s up to you to do something about it. Life is too short to put up with other people’s pity parties, bitch-and-moan marathons, and oh-woe-is-me clubs.

Communication – Friend or Foe
Our communication skills can make or break us. This article includes some refreshing insights on communication from an unusual vantage point. Celebrate life with newfound attitudes about the art and science of communication.

Good Listener Secrets – Listen with Your Heart
When someone is talking to you, do you hear with your ears, monitor with your mind, or listen with your heart? Invest a few minutes thinking about the importance of listening well – a deliberate conscious act – and watch your relationships grow to a new level of closeness and understanding.

Gratitude for Home and Family
Home and family is literally the center of our universe, but how often do we take it for granted? Celebrate life through gratitude for our sense of home and the people we share it with.

Make Assumptions Obsolete by Communicating
We assume because we don’t know. We don’t know because we don’t ask. We don’t ask because we act as if we already know. Or, we don’t want to appear stupid. So we make an assumption. Then we forget it is merely something we made up, and we behave as if it’s a fact. When the facts are known, it would never occur to us to assume. The solution is clear communication. When we know the truth, assumptions are forever unnecessary.

Meaningful Spiritual Relationships – Namaste Matters
Behind the faces, beyond the reach of social conditioning, deeper than individual egos, we are identical. We are presence, consciousness, pure knowingness – the awareness of �I am.� We are life itself. Celebrate life with this insight on how to take your personal relationships to a whole new level.

Articles by Tupelo

This is the end of the article entitled Why Don’t We Stay in Touch? published by Tupelo Kenyon on August 1, 2008 at 5:00 am | In Communication, Relationships - Copyright 2007 - All rights reserved worldwide.

For more info about "Music to Feel Better" click here. The Inspired on Purpose Association is good to share. Get info on FREE 30-day trial for friends & family.


Why wait for inspiration to strike?

Be proactive, and allow it to come to you.

This newsletter brings it directly to your inbox.

"Inspired on Purpose" newsletter by Tupelo Kenyon contains articles, reviews and resources to supercharge your personal development, inspiration, productivity, abundance and joy.

10 FREE Bonus Gifts:

FREE Video: The Subtle Side of Manifestation:
How to Make Your Biggest Dreams Come True
(1 hour multi-media course by Tupelo Kenyon.)
Feel Better First, Your Passion as Your Compass, & 3 others

Uplifting Music Albums

by Laughing Bird
(Tupelo and Janey Kenyon)


"Music to Feel Better" song sampler & instrumental sampler

You'll also get
an audio story and FREE Special Report

Get it now below, or get full details on Home Page.

Privacy policy: Your email address is secure.
I will not sell, rent or trade your information to anyone for any reason. Period. - Tupelo Kenyon

First Name:

If you liked this article, please let others know about it at the social bookmarking site(s) of your choice . . .


Thank you, Tupelo.

P.S. Are you looking for something specific? Try Google search:


Copyright © 2007 Tupelo Kenyon - All Rights Reserved
11:11 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . RSS Feed - Subscribe to weekly articles free.^Top^ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11:11