That's how we communicate nowadays, through our iPhones, Twitter feeds and our Facebook postings. It's fast and easy, but it's just so un-emotional. It's a quick fix of information to store away and remember later at the water cooler. It's too much, or maybe it's not enough.
Come to think of it, it's both.
What happened to having a cup of coffee with a friend? Two chairs, one table, two cups of coffee, and some EYE CONTACT.
You can learn a lot about somebody from having a cup of coffee. Think about it, there's nothing else coming...no appetizers, no meal...that's it, just a cup of Folgers coffee brewed from an old pot in the back of some worn down diner.
Now you're probably saying to yourself, "Well, no one drinks Folgers anyway, and if I'm having a cup of coffee, it better be a double mocha venti half and half burned on one side and frothed on the other cappuccino." I always seem to get behind the lady who orders that...it's embarrassing. We are so spoiled. All of us.
My point is this: Learn to listen.
The world is fast. Social media is the Lamborghini of our conversation nowadays. Nobody talks to anyone anymore. We're just too busy, too much to do, places to go, people to see.
Oh really? Your life is that important?
Well, what if you were given a bad health diagnosis and told you had 5 months to live? Would you go jump on Twitter and search out some juicy rumors? Go post a selfie on Instagram?
No. You wouldn't. You'd probably curl up in a blanket and find a friend or a loved one to talk too.
That's what I am offering up to you. We don't need to be told we have 5 months or 3 weeks to live, to slow down and smell the coffee...do we?
Grab your wife or your best friend, or take your kid to a local diner. Sit down and have a cup of coffee. Then, listen...just listen.
You might learn something that the internet can't teach you.