A time to reconnect

Published 5:53 pm Tuesday, May 12, 2020

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How often have you wanted to make plans with friends or family, only to realize “I’m too busy,” or “When can I find the time?”

All too often, our daily lives are so fast paced, so wrapped up in work and other commitments, it’s easy to let relationships fall by the wayside.

For some local residents, the onset of COVID-19 has not changed that schedule. If anything, having to juggle work and childcare, life is more hectic for many. Others, meanwhile, have had a little more time on their hands.

While the restrictions put in place in response to COVID-19 have placed physical distance between us, now is a great time to reconnect with those we love and care about. While it might not be a physical reunion, there are so many more ways to rekindle old relationships than ever before.

Of course, there’s the new technology — Zoom, Facebook messenger, Facetime and other programs that allow us to see one another virtually face to face. Then there’s the slightly less new — it’s pretty easy to send a text message, type up an email or pick up the phone. For the more old school, or sentimental, nothing beats the personal touch of an old-fashioned, handwritten letter.

The separation we are currently experiencing is unprecedented in living memory, and the impacts of that isolation are very real. But one need not go it alone. Consider taking advantage of one of those wonderful communication tools we have at our disposal.

And when it’s over, consider reconnecting in person. Maybe get together and find a new adventure. Of course, duty calls and work is always a necessity, but maybe, just maybe, we can find some more time for authentic connections in a post-COVID world.