Life can be a hectic experience. There are so many new ways to communicate – between cell phones, text messages, emails, and various forms of social media, we are connected in ways that just a few years ago were inconceivable.
We have non-stop news and sports on our smart phones, YouTube videos on every conceivable subject, and Google to allow us to research anything in a matter of seconds.
All these things are supposed to make life more efficient and easier to navigate. To be sure, these technologies have brought us advantages. Some of my favorites are checking flight schedules and being able to communicate with someone I am picking up at the airport, checking the scores for all the games while I am watching another game on T.V., movies on demand, and Google Maps navigation.
And yet despite all of these conveniences, life seems more harried than ever before. We have information overload. People sitting together at restaurants are looking over each other’s heads at the television hanging from the wall. People coming off an airplane stare down at their phones as they walk toward baggage claim while running into other people who are also staring down at their phones.
The multitude of distractions makes it easy sometimes to forget the things that are truly important. Simple things like saying Please, Thanks and I Love You.
We need to hear “Please” more often. “Would you please pass the gravy?” sounds so much better than “Pass the gravy”.
“Thanks” is another great word that is underused. Next time someone helps you a bit – maybe a teller at the bank cashes your check – say “Thank you so much” and mean it when you say it. You will see a genuine smile on someone’s face and it will put a genuine smile on yours.
And have you told them lately that you love them? Your loved ones I mean. You cannot say it enough, lest they forget.
Life is full of mysteries but one thing about life that we can say with certainty is this: It is only temporary. Don’t let it pass you by without saying the words that really matter.
Say “Thank You” every chance you get. Say “I Love You” to someone you love and then say it again the next day.
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Joey P. Root
President & CEO