I enjoy the technological advances and progression that society continues to make, like anyone else. However, I recently began recognizing some of the drawbacks to our fast-forward, technologically advanced society. In a world where technology has become the vehicle for communication, more and more we are losing the importance of one-on-one contact and interaction. If someone invites you to share a cup of coffee, and have a conversation, this type of social engagement is becoming more and more rare. I have recently begun writing handwritten thank you notes to everyone that I do a reading for. I really enjoy this grounding, traditional act of thanks, expressed towards my clients. It reminds me of the beauty of a handwritten note and the joy I have felt receiving something in the mail other than bills. As a sensitive person, I also can feel the energy in the handwritten sentiments upon opening it. I know most people would not feel the energy in the same way, perhaps, as I do, but, at the very least, I hope people can feel the sincere gratitude I have for the fact that they have allowed me to come into a small fragment of their lives. Considering the diminishing amount of time we spend face-to-face with one another, it also seems reasonable that we as a human race, should make more effort to make those interactions pleasant. The smallest gesture of kindness is free, and can change a person’s day into a positive experience within seconds. This gesture is none other than a smile. In South Florida, where I live, smiling at someone can be so rare that when you choose to do so, you are considered the “strange” one, and on more than one occasion, I have had someone ask, “What are you smiling at?” A smile is a simple way to express “I see you,” and “I am sending you happy vibes.”
The other consequence to an advanced society is that it’s not uncommon for people to have fear with regard to helping others in their time of need. For instance, if a person is obviously in trouble and in need of medical care, more and more often even medical professionals who are at the scene, while off-duty, are hesitant to assist, for fear of being sued. This reality saddens me to my core, because if we have lost the sense of unity that we should all possess as being part of the human race, what is it going to take for us to realize that this is why God chooses to put us in certain places at certain moments in life. I can say with every ounce of certainty that I have in my body, if I saw someone in trouble, I would at least go over to where they are, call 911, and pray my heart out. I am a firm believer that everything happens for a reason and so if I found myself in the presence of someone needing help, I would feel that God had placed me there to be of some kind of assistance. In the news, we hear all the time about some crisis taking place and the passersby do little or nothing to help those involved in the crisis. I try to understand how this could happen. Is it that they believe someone else will step up to the plate and do what’s right? What makes us feel we are the ones to determine whether or not it is ourselves or someone else that God is choosing to show our ability to be servants to him at any given moment or not? He is one superior I do not want to let down and I also try my best to treat others the way I would want to be treated. If I were in trouble, I would hope and pray that someone would come to my aid.
You are a beautiful human being, whether you realize it or not, possessing countless talents, and the ability to call on God for assistance for yourselves and others at any given time, and, as individuals, we are different but as humans we are the same. Thus, in helping others, you, in turn, help yourself. Although the fear of being sued or hurt in some way in the process is understandable, we have a responsibility to move forward doing the right thing, and in doing that, there is a sense of security knowing that God is in our corner. Be kind to one another, think carefully before speaking, spread love to everyone with random acts of kindness and pray that this mentality and expression of affection will become contagious, setting forth a ripple effect that, in turn, switches our attention a little less from mechanics and machines to heart-to-heart, face-to-face interactions with one another. So, finally, I ask you to think about, would you step up if God placed you in a situation where help was needed? I hope, for all our sakes, the answer is yes, without a shadow of a doubt.