Yesterday on my drive home from work, I got a phone call from a friend (my cell phone rang, and I put it up to my ear and someone was talking to me, and I was talking back, weird) and we had a nice short chat about an artistic prospect and a volcano cake.
I emailed another friend this morning. Even though she has facebook and I could have posted what I wanted to say on her wall, I composed a legitimate gmail about autumn leaves and I sent it to her.
Ryan has friends who occasionally show up unannounced at our back door.
I think it's weird that these things seem notable, but the way I (and I know I'm not alone in this) generally communicate these days has become a bit impersonal. I have always been a person who enjoys attention (I'm the baby of my family...I really can't help it), so even a "like" on a facebook status or picture will give me warm & fuzzies, but there's something about the feeling of being sought out and thoughtfully considered that trumps being noticed in an electronic sea of everyone someone has ever known.
This isn't a novel concept. But for some reason putting a little more substance into the universe feels liberating to me, and receiving feedback is wonderfully comforting, especially in the cold, dark months when it seems like face time is harder to fit in organically.
So, I challenge you to do something direct today to make someone else feel good. If you can't think of anything, feel free to bring me some chocolate. I have a feeling my over-sentimental attitude and the intense craving for dark, delicious goodness might be related.