by Patricia Feager, 10/1/18
"It's not what you look at that matters, it's what you see."
--- Henry David Thoreau
Happy Monday! My daughter sent me a photo of herself in the Swiss Alps yesterday and her picture reminded of a meaningful quote by Henry David Thoreau. As the receiver of this photograph, I see my daughter cares about me. How many times do people take photos that seems meaningless, i.e., cup of coffee, a plate of vegetables, fruit, or desert, etc. Posting various digital photos are a common trend on Instagram, Facebook, and other Social Media Platforms. People are taking advantage of digital photos and sharing with others. But the question I ask is, does the object, picture, place, or thing really matter at all to other people, and if it does, does it have a real meaning that goes even deeper?
What matters most to me are the following:
- Having a meaningful relationship with others, especially family members.
- Being a part of the experience because you were there or with this person.
- Knowing that the person who sent it holds a special place in your heart.
- Communication - the sender wants you to know, they are thinking of you.
Social Media is important. When it comes to family or business relationships, building and maintaining solid relationships is critical. No matter what separates you, for example mountains, rivers, oceans, or being busy with work, developing open communication to let others know, no matter what's going on in your life, you still have time for them and that you respect them is what keeps the bond you have together stronger than ever. They say, a picture is worth a thousand words... I say, the quality of relationships must remain strong.
Patricia Feager, 10/1/18