October 26, 2012

.thoughts: the spoken word.

      My brother Brandon is horrible with cell phones. Breaks them almost as soon as he buys them. His latest one has a broken screen (except for a small sliver at the bottom). This allows him to make calls, but makes texting a challenge. This leads to lots of phone calls from Brandon. Every Wednesday, I hear the very rarely used ringtone of my phone. Every single Wednesday! At first  I thought, "Brother...get a new phone! I can't talk right now. I've got stuff to do!" But now I've started looking forward to and cherishing those calls. I remember the sound of his laughter a lot longer than I remember a "haha" or a "lol." I've learned that it's not just okay to stop what you're doing and focus and catch up, but that's it needed.

     In this day and age, between texts, emails, blogs, facebook, twitter, spoken words are becoming a thing of the past. Why call someone just to say "hello" when a text is quicker (and let's face it...less awkward.) Yes, it takes a little more courage to call someone up or even stopping by their place, but it is so much more meaningful when you do. 

    Society has also told us that if we're talking to someone, multi-tasking is the way to go. But I beg to differ. It's okay to stop everything else and focus on a real life conversation. We don't have to settle with talking to someone who has their nose in a phone, and we don't have to belittle someone's thoughts and ideas by returning the favor. Those "likes" on your latest status or "hearts" on your last instagram picture can wait. Put down the phone and spend some real quality time with a friend. Or pick up the phone, not to send out a generic text, but to surprise someone with a phone call. 

   Trust me, it'll be worth it.

3 comments on ".thoughts: the spoken word."

  1. Ahhhh...I so agree. My Dad is the only person who I really loved to text me. He would type me up these ridiculous sayings or funny bits when I was in college completely out of the blue. I loved them! (Is it coincidence that he also breaks his phone once a month too?)

  2. Thanks J, I'll always be here for you if you need someone to talk to. :)

    P.S. The sound of my laughter reverberates from the heavens