There are certain connections that only happen when one is present – emotionally, physically, and spirit wise. In our virtual worlds, we substitute when it is physically just not possible to be present. Emails, calls, video links all help. As good as each is in its way, my experience and wisdom suggest that there are some connections that only happen when two individuals connect on every level – emotional, spirit, and physical.
Literature gives us this lesson. When I read how one individual “heard Paul talking, and Paul, looking him in the eye, saw that he was ripe for God's work, ready to believe.” (Acts 14.9) I know that this awareness would have not come in a video chat, telephone conversation, or email exchange. It only came be when both were present in the presence of the other.
Life’s reminds us of this lesson. Staying in touch with those in my heart through phone calls, emails, and video links helps. Even as I encourage others to take these steps, I realize that my advice ignores that relationship gap that will remain with the absence, the thirst that remembers their touch on one’s heart, and the experience of being together. It is important to keep the communication lines open. It is helpful to be involved, even given the distance. The best always exists with everything comes together – emotions, physical proximity, and an open and receiving spirit.
As I start a new day, I find myself holding on to the hope of the future. I can be present, fully, in the opportunities I have – virtual and real. I can be emotionally ready by embracing the gifts of acceptance, love, and mercy from others. I can be open with my spirit – respecting an honoring the opportunity to be with another.
I realize I often squander the gifts in my life. I carelessly toss my freedom to self. I blindly ignore opportunities to be with others. I close myself off to dialogue. Life is gentle with each in this regard; we will have unique windows of opportunities today.