Tuesday, June 25, 2013

The Human Connection

If you want to truly understand something, try to change it.

We are all connected today more than ever via the internet, cell phones, etc…. but are we really “more connected” than we were 20 years ago? I don’t think so, I believe we are not truly “connected” with each other. Without connection, we fail.

I see more and more people becoming disconnected from the real world and connected via social media/internet. I am not going to rant and rave on all the negatives of social media (Facebook, twitter, texting, etc) but I hope to inspire you to see some things in a new light, a different perspective.

“I define connection as the energy that exists between people when they feel seen, heard, and valued; when they can give and receive without judgment; and when they derive sustenance and strength from the relationship.” ~ BrenĂ© Brown

Are we all really more connected today?

Social media, internet, texting, etc…. is this really a true connection? Do you feel like you are really “connecting” with that person you contact or write to? Or has this generation already forgotten about the real connections? More and more people are on their cell phones (texting or social media) while in the presence of actual people in the same area/room. Or more and more people are only connected with family & friends via facebook, twitter, and other social media outlets. Is this really “connecting with each other or just the easy way out/non-risky way to do things?

I hope one day we each can realize the importance of true connections, face to face, voice to voice, touch, feel, listen, smell, actually see with your own eyes… the true connections…. 

“Just as the wave cannot exist for itself, but is ever a part of the heaving surface of the ocean, so must I never live my life for itself, but always in the experience which is going on around me.” ~ Albert Schweitzer

Connections will be some of the most important things in your life you will enjoy, remember, tell stories about. Not the (facebook/social media/text) conversations you read, but the face to face, the real life experiences, the real life adventures outside, the human connection. The friendships you make, the family you create, the face to face conversations, the true connections are the real thing. It is more alive, has more feelings, joy, happiness, or even sadness, these emotions are what make the human spirit come alive, thrive, and grow.

“This is a new and different world. The challenge is to cope with it. Not just cope but thrive.”

The challenge before you is to become more “connected” with others and with nature the way we were meant to with real human connections. I’m not telling you to give up facebook, twitter, etc… but this summer try to use a little less of it each day. Get outside, experience real life, experience nature, experience each other, and interact with people face to face instead of screen to screen. Experience that human connection that is there and real. Interact and experience life on a larger scale than you have ever imagined! Life is happening all around you each day, plants growing, the earth is alive, living, thriving, people need to slow down & step back, and step out….

“The person who risks nothing, does nothing, has nothing.”

Technology is not the stand alone problem. 

The issues lie within combination of technology and people. How capable are we setting limits and creating balance to maintain the very real human side in each of us?

Technology has a way of building us up on the outside, shielding us, and therefore placing overall importance on that, rather than the closeness we were made for and inner enrichment that we receive through actual human/nature connection.

Connection is perhaps the most cherished thing any human being can have. 
The connection needs to be real, we need to feel this connection, whether it be by touch, sight, smell, hearing, etc.. this human connection we seek out cannot be fulfilled by technology, but instead by the real environment and people that surround us.

So from now on, seek out that true human connection, explore nature, experience life, connect with each other as we were created to…

- Ross