Right after I met Allison from Ink Meets Paper in April, she handed me one of the sweetest postcards…
Photo courtesy of Ink Meets Paper
…how true is that? I love it! But after my experiences this week, I think we can take things in a different direction too…
A moment of complete honesty (aka: let’s get real, y’all!): I am terrible at picking up the phone and calling a friend or family member just because. I think about doing it, I remind myself to “call so-and-so!” throughout the day, and then I get wrapped up in doing something else. I hate it. I love talking to people and finding out what they’re up to. I adore my family, and I love my friends, but the problem is I often reach for my phone’s social media and texting capabilities instead (or not at all) because it’s faster. Yuck.
I’m changing this terrible habit of mine because this week I talked to my aunt – who’s one of my favorite people ever – and had one of the most inspiring Skype chats with a friend from Massachusetts (in the same night, mind you!). I ended up on a walk last night while catching up with my friend from Charleston and planning our next get together.
And then there’s my Poppy. He’s 92, and he and my Nana are my heroes. It’s terrible to say that I don’t call them enough, but I don’t. When I do call, I always try to soak up his English accent and views on life as much as possible. He’s always positive even though his days are filled with coping with my Nana’s struggle with dementia. He’s elated when I call, and he ends every talk – however long or short – with, “I love you, Doll. Thanks for calling!”
Let’s all vow to text less and call more. You’ll get to hear someone’s voice, catch up, and possibly experience the joy of making someone’s day. I’m joining you because, if this week has taught and reminded me of anything, it’s worth it to close your icons and dial instead.