Spend Time with Friends

Dear Friends,

As most of you, we are preparing for the holidays. WE shop, wrap and deliver gifts to those we love, those we care for and those who live far away. We write holiday cards and we say things like “Let’s do lunch”, “Call and let’s get together”, “It’s been too long”. I am guilty of writing those things in my annual Christmas card.

I am guilty because I can easily text someone a “thinking of you” which takes four seconds of my time rather than calling someone to say the same thing. I hesitate to call as I may get an answering machine or my four seconds of precious time may turn into 15+ minutes of catching up on the phone.

Now, let’s talk about the general public. WE use things such as instant messaging on the computer, texting on the phone, using Facebook to catch up with the activities of your friends and then there is Twitter (I still don’t know how to use this).

It has been published with the Nielsen ratings that people
use social media 43% more in 2010 than in 2009.
The facts state that in 2009 the public
used social media 15.8% and in 2010 22.7%.
You can only imagine what Nielsen has to say about 2011!

I no longer see people at casual restaurants talking to each other because they are catching up with football scores, checking emails, paying bills, playing “Angry Birds” or just texting with the person across from them.

So this year my new resolution is to tell my friends that I am going “retro”. I am planning to see them instead of texting them. No more “It’s been too long” in my holiday cards. I am making plans to spend time with those I care about.

This year, I lost three friends – Hank Zavaleta, Nancy Martin, and Carol Boswith. I know that their families would say; come on over and let’s talk. Talk… now that is a concept, right.

See you face to face (I hope) in the New Year!

Angela Mandas, MA CCC
Speech Language Pathologist
F.B.I. Facilitator

“If civilization is to survive, we must cultivate the science of human relationships – the ability of all peoples, of all kinds, to live together, in the same world at peace.”
Franklin D. Roosevelt

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