Most of us know that we live in a world of social media.
People post both their successes and pain on Facebook for all to see. We crave affirmation and value or we ask for prayer.
We oldies can be overwhelmed by this. We cheer ourselves by knowing that at some time, the young will become old and will face the same dilemma.
Nothing though is more important than face to face communication.
We tell ourselves that we have no time but to say this, is to say that another is unimportant.
Because we live in this world, we fail to develop needed skills. Email and texting allow us an alternative to face to face conversation but these methods can leave a recipient hurt and feeling betrayed.
Sometimes texting and email are convenient. They are a quick message or they may be an update for a business arrangement.
When used however to avoid confrontation or because we fear the words or thoughts of the other, we are using a wrong method.
Communication is a gift that enables us to strengthen relationships, particularly when we have a conversation face to face.
Relationships are the most valuable thing that we have on this earth.
To value a relationship beyond our fears is likely to produce long lasting relationship.