I have to say that I share the sentiments of the check-out lady recently in the news for requesting that the customer give her respect while serving her and not hang onto the phone as if the lady wasn't there. I remember when we just had land lines and actually had to go out and meet someone and converse with them. Or, write a letter. Or, just wait til you seen them and felt excited about that. You had some real things to chat about and I feel that a lot of the messages we send are diluted and just take out time off us replying. What else could we do with that time?
When I speak to someone - anyone- I do my best to focus on them and make eye contact and listen wholeheartedly because I feel that is respectful. Then the person knows 1. I am listening 2 I care 3. I am not occupied with someone else via text or telephone and so I am telling them they are important to me and what they are saying.
I have in the past felt unimportant to a person if they are not listening or focusing on what I am saying. It is like a parallel conversation then with no successful outcome.
Manners and courtesy are very important to me and I enjoy giving people respect and I also enjoy receiving it. I like someone to feel that I am paying attention to them and not more interested in someone else. Doesn't feel too good to feel inferior to a piece of metal.
Yes, what we do now that we have gotten used to mobile phone and the plethero of 'mobile devies' but do they smile at you?, look you in the eye and understand you?, share a laugh with you? and all the other things that only human contact can provide.
Father, how wonderful it is to talk with You every time uninterrupted and having Your full attention on us. This is a marvel because You are so busy communicating with billions of us and yet we feel so special. Help us wean off some of the unecessary messages we send and so we can then spend that time with You. Bliss. Amen,
The Lord works righteousness and justice for all the oppressed. He redeems your life from the pit and crowns you with love and compassion