In today’s crazy world of social media, gas lighting politics and a growing disenchantment with the corporate dream, many of us are looking for ways to reconnect and get back to basic communications and heartfelt discussions with our partners, family and our friends.
Are we living in parallel worlds? Many would say yes. One is the social media world and the other is the REAL WORLD. We all know the people, maybe close friends, that message us to go and hang out at a restaurant but what ends up happening is exactly the opposite of what we want. It can be hard to talk with them face to face because they are busy snap chatting their “social media friends" and taking pictures with fun captions to post on Facebook. It begins to feel so shallow at times and even lonely as we sit and watch them furiously typing on their smart phones.
We aren’t alone. The number of social media users worldwide has grown to 3.196 billion, up 13 percent from last year according to a 2018 global digital report from wearesocial.com. That number is growing as people of all ages look for recognition, companions and fame on Facebook and Instagram.
What happened to the good old days of setting the phone down and having a real conversation about our lives, our work, our dogs and kids, our likes and dislikes? Or even the weather?!
Why does this matter? Because isolating from friends and family who are sitting across the table from you only to be social in the social media world full of filters, quick snippets of conversations, posturing for a great photo to show your “best life” all becomes fake and leads to a sense of loneliness for real connections. When we spend our time in the company of others but aren’t fully present, don’t engage in conversation but try to capture the best image of what is happening, we miss out on the fun and heartfelt connection we could be having.
That's why I created Soulful Connections, a 120 card deck filled with unique and thought-provoking questions for friends and families to use as a fun and inspired way to help bring people closer. We are all craving connection and sometimes a little inspiration is needed.
The questions range from introspective; What does this year have in store for you? What is the most valuable lesson you have learned in your lifetime? What do you love and admire about the person sitting next to you? To the more playful; If your life was a movie, what would the title be? All these cards are designed to get you and the people you care about, talking more. Visit www.PeaceandPear.com to learn more.
What if we began to “live in the moment” and not always try to capture it on our phones? What would that look like for you? Tell us what you think, we'd love to hear from you!
Peace, love and pear!