The phone doesn’t seem to get much use for talking anymore. I’m grateful for friends who talk as often as they text. And who walk alongside a friend instead of “friending”. What we use to call friendship is at risk of being called “live voice chat support” and left unused. I have friends who never went on social media. Who don’t bother checking any of it. And they are incredibly productive – in powerful, meaningful ways. I envy their distance from the increasingly unproductive insanity called social media.
Here’s to the Christmas season, as messy as it can be sometimes, when we can give “thumbing” on our phones a rest. We can pause the twittering, and tweetering, useless fluttering and flittering and connect in real ways. We can avoid the rile. And start to dial. We can stop the balk. As we invite a friend to walk. And talk.
I’m grateful this season for those who have done that for me.