I was having a discussion with a friend a couple days ago about social skill and “socializing” our children. I was shocked when she informed me that there are people who buy life size dolls and keep them in there homes and don’t leave for day at a time while they “play” life with this fake person. My friend is a student and it was part of her assignment to have a discussion with other students online about the socialization abilities of people. She had a conversation with a women who saw no problem or downside to the before mentioned behavior of cutting yourself off from others. She went as far as to say, as long as they aren’t hurting anyone else then we should just let them be. Colleen and I where astonished by this. Do you realize how much harm you are doing to yourself by cutting yourself off from others? I know for myself that interacting with people is a necessity, especially on the days that I don’t want to be around people. Also, what kind of human being could allow another to continue in behavior that is harmful to themselves. There is a huge lack of human decency in this world. It is our purpose to better ourselves and other. If you let people remain as they are and not be ALL that they are capable of being we will very soon have a world that is unlivable. Something has to change in the way we interact with each other.

There are so many ways to connect with people these days, with social media outlets, portable computers and cell phones. There has been a dramatic increase in technological ways to stay or get connected but what is the point in being connected to people if there is no growth. I have heard so many people say, about texting, well I can’t say  ‘I love you’ to their face cuz I’m just not that kind of person, so I text it. How is that Ok? How have we let this be ok? There are people who build deep relationships with people that they have never meet because they are to scared to step out their front door. Why? Why have we let people pull away, we are NOT doing them a favor we are crippling them. We are letting people imprison themselves with fear. There is so much about life that you will never experience if you sit behind your computer, or hid behind your cell phone or only communicate with text messages. Get out from behind the wall of technology and have a face to face conversation with someone. Meet someone for coffee and turn off your phone and be there with them, give someone a hug, let someone hug you. Don’t let Personal Interaction with others be an occasional thing, it should happen everyday and for a good portion of your day. Personal DAILY Interaction with others is the only way you will be able to grow into all you can be. I challenge you to not let being “connected” disconnect you from people. 

Until Then…