I was reading Terry Pluto's latest Faith and You column. It was concerning online friends. As usual, Terry's column was designed to hit home, as he writes with the person on the street in mind.
I have found in the 38 months since I have had an online presence that I have made many friends. A few who live in Northeast Ohio, I have met. A couple, I have had dinner with. There are several who exchanged Christmas cards with me last year.
I receive emails from many of you on a regular basis and many of you I forward a devotional I receive, sometimes I add a Cliff Note to them. I find in most cases, these are well received. I think we all like hearing from each other.
We are from diverse backgrounds, but we all have one thing in common; we like to communicate with each other.
I communicate with some online who are very popular while others keep to themselves. Those who keep to themselves are sometimes comfortable in that. I don't hold that against anybody, but I have been described as a "people person". While I do well with my online presence, I do my best at times as part of a group. I don't think we are made to be loners.
Now to all those who don't get out a lot I think you should do this: Go out and make conversation wherever you may go. Find some catchphrase to use as you communicate. It could be something as simple as "Have a super day." Something to get one's attention. Nothing Earth shattering. Then after you get enough smiles, tell them about all your fantastic online friends.
Come back and let us all know about your great day. Tell us about all your face to face friends.
And seeing it's the middle of October, start working on your Christmas Card lists.