It’s 2012, and although we don’t have flying cars quite yet, we’ve pretty much developed every type of communication short of mental telepathy. In other words, we can readily communicate with almost any human being on the entire planet. How cool is that?
Of course, it would take the rest of your life to personally contact even 1% of the world. Understandably, I don’t insist trying to. But I do think personally contacting your closest family members and friends regularly (and spontaneously) is a wonderful way to make meaningful usage of communication availability. The dozens of options constantly at our disposal give us no reason not to reach out. At the very least, the postal service still works!
This thought came to me a few days into my current study abroad trip. I was without cellphone and internet for almost a week, and all I wanted to do was say hi to my mom. I just wanted to say hi and tell her that I was alive and well. I know that sounds corny, but we’ve never went a full week with no communication at all, and because of that, I realized just how lucky we are that communication even exists. We can say hello to someone on the other side of the world! Not long ago in history it would have taken a messenger a decade to deliver that message and a couple of very long boat rides!
Anyhow, back to the story. There I was, on a beach in Australia, miles from any communication source, desperately wishing I could say hi to my mom. The scenery was gorgeous, but my thoughts were still on home. So I called upon my resourcefulness and creativity and decided my best option was to write a message in the sand. I knew she wouldn’t actually see it, but it helped me feel better in the moment. And I took a picture to post for her online a few days later.
When she saw it, I know the message was clear: even when I’m away, even when I’m on vacation, I still think about you, miss you, and love you.
For all of those who will never get a chance to communicate with their loved ones, communicate with yours. Tell them you love them. Tell them how much they mean to you and why you’re glad to have them in your life. Tell them in the most creative way you can. Tell them in another language! Whatever you choose, tell them today!