There are several individuals in my life that are virtual relationships. We speak regularly, however we have never met. I recently realized that I have created an image in my mind for each in the absence of a photograph. In my imaginary world, I know how tall they are. I can see their skin tone. I see them in living outside of our shared work environment. I wonder what it would be like if we were to meet.
Would I recognize the individual? How would we react to each other? Would we get along as easily as we do on the telephone?
I am reasonably sure that they have done the same with me. I think it might be a good idea to share a photograph of some kind, perhaps a group one to start.
I know that with time, we have come to expect that we will never meet. For those that I respect, I think this is a loss for both parties. For those that I do not value, I think it is probably better that we work together in our virtual world. It seems easier that way. I do not think they believe we will ever meet. For some, given their bravado, I know they are happy. There is the myth within the virtual relationship that we will never confront the spin we know is there.
I note Paul’s comment (threat?) about others that echoes my thoughts about my many of my virtual relationships. “They don’t think I’ll ever show up in person. But I’ll be there sooner than you think, God willing, and then we’ll see if they’re full of anything but hot air.” (1 Corinthians 4.19)
Even as I begin to confront my critical attitude, I find myself looking in the mirror. I wonder, how Divinity would describe the potential of physically meeting? What do I look like in God’s eyes? Does God see content in our conversation? Is there substance in our relationship?
Today’s dawn reminds me that life never stops. The moment at hand is an opportunity for more.