There are over seven billion of us on the planet. Depending on the culture in which each of us operates, we rise at some point each day to begin our daily activities. Whether we realize it or not, each of us starts our day with the need to connect to someone in some way or another. If we’re a part of a family unit, the connecting starts early. Each member of the family probably has responsibility to contribute to the mechanics of keeping the family and the abode in which it resides operating smoothly. We need each person to do their part. In addition to these duties, we participate in some form of social activities before each of us leaves the house or stays home to begin the day’s activities. Consciously or unconsciously, we feel grounded when we sense a connection to our family. Being an island of existence isn’t in our nature.
Have you ever thought about just how much we’re connected to each other outside of our homes? I’m tapping away at this laptop keyboard, trying my darndest to pen something worth someone’s time to read; to think about and to find some morsel of truth which applies to their existence. I wouldn’t be able to connect these alphabets, forming sentences for you to read without the work of numerous others who have performed various tasks; tasks that have resulted in this laptop setting on my desk. The connections of many have blessed me with a device which I’m using to write this blog. When I hit the publish button, I’m hopeful that further connections will result in you and others reading my thoughts. By the way, I often wonder why I do this. My good friend Google tells me that there are around 500 million regular bloggers in the world. Every time I launch my musings into this sea of thoughts, I find myself amazed when comments come across my desktop in response to what I’ve published. Oftentimes the comments come from someone of another culture, which tells me that human connections can traverse any boundaries.
By nature, I’m an introvert. It may sound like a strange concept that I consider myself a highly functional introvert. My career was in human resources, and I enjoyed it tremendously. I can’t think of too many occupations that require the ability to connect with others more that human resources. To serve the people of an organization, a human resource professional must be able to connect with people both horizontally and laterally, serving the needs of executives and staff. The greater the connection, the better. I think back how satisfied I felt whenever an employee satisfaction survey produced good numbers. Even though my staff and I had worked hard to ensure good connections of people in the organization, we also felt a greater sense of connection reading good numbers and comments from the results of an employee satisfaction survey.
Call me naive if you will, but I’m convinced that the world would be a better place if more of us realized that we need each other. Furthermore, that we are connected in ways that we don’t even think about.
The more connections we have the better for all.
I’m old and blessed…hope you will be too.
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My stepdaughter, who works as a supervisor on an Air Force base in a military clothing store, was deployed today to help with the Afghan refugees coming into our country. She will be living in a tent and working 12 – 15 hours per day for the next 60 days, with only one day off per week.
She called me after she arrived at the encampment. She was stunned almost speechless by the difference in the culture. And this was just her first day!
We are living in strange times, my blogging friend.
Some profound truths here. And I am also amazed that with 500 million people blogging, we still connect with kindred spirits across the world. Technology ain’t all bad:
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Actually, technology is never bad. It’s the purpose for which it’s used a bad name arises. Thanks for reading my musing. BTW, how’s early fall so far in your neck of the woods?
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Yes – just another tool for good or ill. Fall is very beautiful here. So far, our rees are still predominantly green and the sky blue. In a week or two, trees will be gold and brown and there will be snow on the summit of the mountains. I’m still sitting outside in shorts and sun top!
Sounds wonderful. Here in Arkansas, we’ll continue to have summer green for some weeks to come. I’ll probably have several more lawn mowings to do before the first frost, which we probably won’t see until November. Oh, my air conditioner just kicked on. It’ll be running for most, if not all of October.
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Excellent post! And I concur with your thoughts. Without a doubt, we are one hundred percent here, for each other. I truly believe, this was the wisdom Jesus was trying to relay to those living in in his sphere. We are here for others. This is what powers us through each day… the energy from each one of us. I use phrase; ‘Live To Live’. Because if you live your best life, someone will capitalize or benefit from your Life. So Live To Live, Oldandblessed.