This post is written for Five Minute Friday. The word for today is “Deep”
A couple of weeks ago I spent time with a friend that I have known for almost 60 years. Yep. I’m that old! She attended my birthday party right after I moved into my foster home. I didn’t know many of the children at my school then, but my friend Charlene, lived just down the street. We spent so much time together growing up we felt more like sisters.
We laughed and remembered simpler times as we compared our current aches and pains and shared stories about our grandchildren. It was a bittersweet reunion of remembering the reason we became friends and lamenting time passing before our eyes. My recent visit with Charlene reminded me of the deep longing we all have for connection.
Social media serves a purpose I suppose, but there is little depth. There is little connection to another person when I’m alone in my office with my computer. I think the surface relationships of social media, busy schedules and family members rushing off in all directions keeps us from truly connecting the way you did in the past. I never thought I would sound like my parents when I say, “I long for a simpler time.” I long to slow down, I long to savor relationships and I long to inhale deeply from the life I have now.
I am considering a fast from social media. I want to have tea or coffee with friends I miss seeing in person. I want to sit by the ocean and read a book with salt breezes kissing my face. I want to take a long, deep breath of time.