Monday, November 14, 2011

Read Your Mail

What we need is to love without getting tired.

Mother Teresa
Hello Stuart
I am so far behind in responding to my emails that sometimes I think I should just stand on the corner of a busy intersection some where and hand out cards that say "Thank You" to everyone who passes by.

I think I missed a few birthdays and was late on one (sorry Jen) and way behind on people's comings and goings. It isn't unusual for me to be up at 2 in the morning reading old emails and responding to some of them.

Why do I care? Because, as innocuous as it may seem at times, the contacts we make through this miracle of modern trouble making called the computer, are golden threads of friendship and care. Facebook really ought to be called Sharebook. Personal experiences are put online to be shared by others and sometimes problems are solved by someone out there in E-land who knows the answer. I know I am always grateful for someone who has done battle with some Google Monster and won and thus can pass on the right moves to make.

Knowing something about human nature you know that every one, even if he's the worst skink in the world, is in need of some affection and understanding on some level of his life in spite of what his social network face may suggest.

At least, but very important, this Internet specter enables us to keep lines of communication open between people who may never meet but who have become friends and acquaintances.

Read blogs, and, if you have something to say leave a comment. Sometimes it's good to know just that somebody read your blog. Read your emails and answer them. Go through Facebook and Twitter and whatever else you're connected to and see what's happening. And don't put it off just because you're weary. The other person wants to hear from you. As the little girl said "Love is what makes you smile even when you're tired."

Don't have time? Neither do I. That's why you end up with a mountain of unanswered mail, like mine. But I keep at it when I do have some time. So if I respond to an email you sent me in September don't be surprised.

DB - The Loving Vagabond
Never Give Up


A farmer son loads some pumpkins in his pick up truck and goes out to deliver them to various markets around town.

At the first market he delivers Half of the pumpkins in his truck plus half a pumpkin.
At the second market he leaves half of the pumpkins in his truck plus half a pumpkin.
At the third market he gives them half of the pumpkins he has plus half a pumpkin.
At the forth market he delivers half of the pumpkins he has plus half a pumpkin.
Then he drives his truck back to the farm to get more pumpkins because he's run out of them.
How many pumpkins did he have in the truck to begin with?

The Answer is 15

The only winner was the persistent Val, who therefore wins the genuine Lego pitchfork.

This is not a contest

What event over the past year changed your life, a lot or a little?

Autumn is moving along.
Only 6 answers so far.

I eagerly await your answers.


pacifica62 said...

A person can only do what they can db, and there are only so many hours in the day. I enjoy hearing from faraway friends via email but what comes in is always manageable for me. I am not involved with Face Book, Twitter, too many other blogs or other social media platforms. I never want to be the kind of person who hides behind my computer trying to make contact in the world. I do to a small extent, but I do prefer to be out there in the real world seeing real people and having real exchanges. Some people have no other options and the computer world is a godsend to them.
Sounds like maybe you need a secretary db to handle some of your corresponsdence. I happen to know of someone recently retired who could handle that job easily.

Arlene (AJ) said...

I appreciate the wonderful friendship I feel that I made with you DB, you're one special guy who has touched all of our lives. I communicate with so many friends via the computer, but still porefer the personal contact and letters to each other.What I love is piking up the phone and calling a friend and the minute we say hi, it's just like it was yesterday we talked with each other.That's what I really enjoy though the computer does give us a way to stay in touch when we have a lot going on.

Dannelle said...

I sure understand about stacked up mail! I feel that if I receive mail (other than bills and spam) it deserves to be acknowledged. I am also backed up. I sometimes wonder about old fashioned values in today's world. I do remember sitting down after Christmas and birthdays with Thank you stationery and writing personal notes. My handwriting hasn't improved, thank goodness for the keyboard!

Bucko (a.k.a., Ken) said...

It is a chore, right now it is hard for me trying to get caught up with everything after being away for two weeks.