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!
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