In our world supersaturated with electronic messaging, one would think connection would be easier. After all, we have come a long way from the days of the telegraph.
Connection through emoji
The electronic alternative to a hug, of course, has become the norm these days. Personally, I am delighted to be able to make the connection with our son in Montreal every Sunday. Playing cards through the internet is almost as much fun as it is in person. I do miss the hugs though.
Temptation to withdraw
While we isolate in our protective bubbles, however, the possibility to withdraw presents a temptation to some. I choose to rearrange my schedule to be present to those who wish connection. And I choose to leave love notes for those who do not. Why?
Connection is crucial
At the end of the day, what I have done will not matter as much as the relationships I have built over a lifetime. Connection is crucial. I am not necessarily good at it either. Isolating myself in my studio comes very naturally to me. Coronavirus has not changed my routine in any significant way. I still paint. Remembering people’s birthdays is still a problem for me. I continue to fall short in what I wish to accomplish on any given day.
Personal and professional connection
So, I choose to come out of my shell and make the phone calls to long lost friends and family. This connection allows me to know they are still safe and well. I care. On a professional level, the weekly conference calls keep me motivated and informed. Sharing some time and ideas lays the foundation for future projects and keeps us sane.
Lots of ways to connect
Connection may make the difference between hope and despair. A little love note, telling someone I am thinking of him or wishing her well, is not too much to ask. Listening to long stories from another who has no one else to hear makes for joy. A thousand possibilities present themselves should we choose to engage.