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There is no Excuse for Words Unsaid

Updated: Jan 9, 2023

It has been said that love is a four-letter word, and it is spelled T-I-M-E. But is that true? Yes and no. While no one rails against the incredible damage done by cell phones more than I do, modern technology makes it easy to spend “time” with people.

With the transient nature of people, we often can't see them in person, but with the technology at our fingertips, we can interact with them. Every day we can text someone, tell them a joke, let them know that we are thinking about them. With the push of a few buttons, we can wish them a happy birthday. With social media, email, text and portable phones, we can reach out to our tribe. Harriot Beecher Stowe said that “the bitterest tears shed at graveside are of words unsaid and deeds undone.” We live in a time where we can minimize those tears. While I am blessed to work for myself and can be with my most precious people most hours of most days, daily I try to reach out acquaintances, old friends, and new people. Just yesterday, through the magic of social media, as we were pulling out of the driveway to go swimming, some friends put out an invitation to their pool. Five minutes later we were wet, cementing our relatively new friendship. We live in a wonderous time, and Louie CK says, in hilarious fashion, that it is wasted on the most pathetic generation. While I have no argument for him, I can implore us all to be better. If your yearly visit at Christmas is the best you can do, you don’t love them. You are just pretending.

Use your phone and reach out to people that you care about.

Do it now.

Don’t wait.

All we have is time.

And it is all too short

We simply don’t have an excuse not to be in touch with our friends and family.

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