Over the past 18 months with Covid-19 and the global pandemic, it has been a taxing time regarding maintaining relationships. Often we have had to be apart from the ones we love for long periods. It has been a challenge for everyone to relate to others when isolating and to have distance put between each other, often not by our own choice. I enjoy the physical presence of others. I love to laugh and play with friends and family. I love hugs! Social and physical interaction is vital to a lot of people and me.
Therefore I ask myself, “How can I connect in these unprecedented times?”
How Technology Can Help
Although I prefer in-person contact, I am expanding my horizons to communicate via technology.
I am mindful of what I text or write as it can be misconstrued. I am careful to choose my words wisely since the written word lacks voice inflexion to get my message across. I reread the message before I hit “send”.
I read my words out loud to myself and look at the message from their perspective. I realize that they base their view on exposure to information, so I err on the side of compassion.
I listen closely and only speak when I truly understand what someone has said. I can always ask questions for clarification. By being understanding and compassionate, I usually can discern their true intention.
I call them on the phone or socialize through video chats when we both have a free moment. I know I can get to the heart of things that matter most when using vocal tones and kindness. There are an enormous amount of apps and tech that can help us do this easily.
Today, I use technology to keep my relationships intact, even when visits are few and far between.
Here are some questions to ask yourself about maintaining relationships:
- How do I maintain my relationships when I can’t visit with those I care about?
- When texting, what questions can I ask to learn their true intent?
- How can I honour others by listening consciously and attentively?
Technology is helping in keeping families and friends together and connected so that bonds stay strong.