So, this isn’t what I thought I would be writing.. but it is, what it is.
I’m not one of those people that can put their phone in their bag and forget about it – I’m the person that carries it in their back pocket, usually rapidly responding to every text, tweet or email.
But, now I’m realising that’s all a bit vapid. Gone are the days of phoning someone – there’s text, Facebook messenger, email etc. And it’s why we’re all a little bit worse off with direct communication. It’s so much easier to hide behind an email or a message that the recipient will eventually pick up and answer, than it is to phone or visit them to ask the questions we need answers to. It’s much easier to have those difficult conversations with the social media barrier already in place, than it is to be assertive enough to have those conversations in person. It’s much easier to type negativity than saying it – saying it makes it real, writing it doesn’t feel as real.
There’s a few people that would be hefty surprised I would say that, because I’m the first to hide behind those forms of communication – they’re easily managed. BUT. They’re not personal. And I, in particular, am reaching a stage where that is much more important than hiding. Intentional communication with people that matters should mean something… it shouldn’t be confined to words on a screen.
After Lent, I’m going to try and give social media up for a while. (or at least as much as I can – I’m not sure how that’ll work when a chunk of my job relates to this… but I’m sure we can work that out)
So, I’m setting myself a challenge – to work on verbal communication. To become more confident with that form of communication, and realise that sometimes it’s ok to not have my phone in my pocket.
“Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone.” – Colossians 4:6