“Open Your Eyes”

Have you observed lately how few people look up from their phones to see where they are going or observe what is around them?  Recently I was waiting for my daughter in a parking lot of a shopping center where there was a Smoothie King, Subway, Starbucks and Chipotle.  I know, it’s a great shopping center!  I counted no less than 5 people taking pictures of their food or drink, or of themselves.  Even people sitting at the tables weren’t speaking to one another; they were looking at their phones.  Do people even know how to make conversation anymore?

I have been keeping to myself the last few months.  My brother had a heart attack on March 1st and passed away.  It was a shock.  He had so much more life to live; he was only 38.  Sometimes while I’m running errands, I’ll just start to cry.  There will be something that reminds me of him or maybe someone who looks like him, and it will trigger the tears.  In fact, that happened yesterday.  Nobody noticed though, because we don’t form connections anymore; we just care about ourselves and our small little worlds filled with Starbuck selfies.

I’ve been trying to put into words the way that I’m feeling.  I stumbled upon this Ted Talk which summed up my thoughts perfectly.  As I ease back into my daily routine, I vow to make it my personal mission to foster, encourage and strengthen relationships.  If you have a few minutes, take time to watch this video and you may start to pay more attention to everything happening around you.