appreciating human interactions

Although I understand the benefits of the advancement of technology, I do miss the days when human interactions were a part of our every day lives. I miss the days when I’d have to go to the bank and interact with a bank teller to deposit or withdraw money. Now we have online banking, direct deposit, credit cards, and ATMs to accomplish this task. I miss the days when neighbors would know each other well and without hesitation, be there for one another. When we lived in an apartment complex, developing that type of community was a challenge when saying hello wasn’t even possible because our neighbors would avoid eye contact with us when we crossed paths. In general, I miss the days when it was the norm to interact with other human beings on a daily basis. I’ve determined that it’s possible to go days without having to interact verbally and physically with another human, depending on your job (ie. work from home) and tasks to complete (ie. using the self-check out when you purchase groceries). Further, I find it’s acceptable to contact others to accomplish a task or my agenda without taking a moment to ask how they are and learning more about who they are. Observing this direction that life is taking us, I value more than ever human interactions and intentionally seek it out daily. In other words, I appreciate being greeted by my work building’s receptionist and hearing how she is doing. I appreciate having a conversation with the cashiers at Trader Joe’s about our days. I appreciate walking over to my neighbor’s house and conversing about their garden and hearing his latest Buddhist affirmation that seems to fit perfectly for my day. It’s these simple (and sometimes brief) interactions that I’ve grown to value daily because it reminds me that we are humans and our need to connect with others is important for our well-being. In doing so, both individuals walk away feeling listened to and above all else, acknowledged. I encourage you to seize the opportunities within your busy day to warmly greet another human being.

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About Reaksmey

hi :) i'm reaksmey (reeks-may) and I love to think, reflect, and grow. do you? my life includes a handsome husband and a lively infant. here's where i write about how i grow through life's ups and downs so that i can humbly encourage you daily.
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2 Responses to appreciating human interactions

  1. J. K. says:

    I was going to ask where the “Like” button is so I could like this post, but then I realized that’s just another way we use technology to avoid personal interaction!

    Reaksmey Reply:

    You are right! The “like” button has become the norm that it makes me want to find a widget that will enable me to make it a feature on my posts, but at the same time, “why?”

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