The Title for this blog post comes from a book I read called "Falling," by T.J. Newman. If you follow Brian England on ActiveRain, you may recall he recently wrote a blog post about the author, his friend from Phoenix.
If truth be told, I didn't set out to spend the day reading "Falling," but it just happened out of circumstances outside of my control. Friday, July 23, 2021. It was an ordinary day planned in advanced. Shortly after I woke up, I wrote my blog post. Then, I left quickly to keep a doctor's appointment. Knowing early morning traffic in Dallas is always hectic, I gave myself plenty of time to arrive on time.
Upon arrival, I checked in but soon learned (after my appointment time past) that the Doctor had an emergency but not to worry, other physicians were called in to see patients. I began to read and wait. The truth is, doctor appointments are rarely on time. Come to think of it, I don't recall a time in my life when an appointment was on time!
I began to see the truth. Patients usually get a chair but that's where the butt stops. Communication ceases to exist between patient and whoever is behind the desk checking in patients. After seeing the doctor and checking out, I noticed, I had no cell phone connection. I spent an additional 45 minutes in traffic; however, I still had no connection. Once I arrived home, my bundled services (Internet, phone, and television) were down. There was no communication. The truth is, we all depend on communication for business, personal, and pleasure.
I was 'forced to see the truth.' Communication is a vital part of our lives. In waiting for the service provider to resume communication, I read the entire 290 pages of a suspenseful thriller. The truth is, a good Author isn't the only one that can keep our adrenaline going. We have choices. We can accomplish more in a day doing what we need to do or want to do without depending on paid communication services.
After many chores were completed, I closed the hardcover book "Falling", and the sun began to go down for the night, I took a walk in my neighborhood. That's something I haven't done in years! I met neighbors who I didn't know. Since none of us had communication services, we had good old fashioned heart-to-heart conversations in person. The truth is, our conversations were not recorded on Zoom or at big Tech's expense. As I see it, the only breakdown and failure of communication is if we allow it to happen and choose to limit our means to enjoy life. Excellent communication and building relationships can come from somewhere other than Communication Companies. They may charge exorbitant fees, but they don't control me. Last night, the only digital prints my neighbors and I left were whatever was captured on Ring Doorbells from a distance. I think I'll do more walking....
I was 'finally being forced to see the truth,' and I liked it! May you have your own light bulb moments ---Patricia Feager
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