Friday Food for Thought: Loneliness

Not going to say much because I'd love to hear your thoughts. Thank you Erin for sharing this video with me.

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  1. December 16, 2013 / 2:46 pm

    I’ve been thinking about this video in the context of re-building our village after we moved cross-country. I’ve got amazingly good friends and two sisters that I keep in touch with over e-mail, but I know that I need a couple close girl friends here. I’ve met 3 women that I’ve felt a sort of connection with, but I really need to follow up with them and spend some time with them to nurture those relationships.

  2. Frgtful
    December 14, 2013 / 7:50 pm

    Thanks for the video. My young relatives are coming for the annual Gingerbread House decorating event tomorrow. A few are tweenagers. I’ve asked their parents to forewarn them that this will be an electronic free afternoon; they can get their addiction fix on the drive home. I’m hoping for conversation, joking, fun, and getting to know one another better.

  3. December 13, 2013 / 6:09 pm

    I loved the video. It was very thought inspiring. Loneliness is not really something that affects me. I’m an introvert and I have a strong relationship with my partner / best friend that feels really intimate and rewarding. I find that strengthens my social media interactions because I feel like I can be honest and say what I really think (which isn’t code for being nasty, which why bother?). And I’m clearer any day of the week with writing than I ever manage talking.

    • December 15, 2013 / 3:48 pm

      Lisa, are we twins? I was thinking about your comment last night when I was in a social situation, tripping over my words and having awkward silences, trying to fill them with pointless blabbering or giggling or excusing myself. I have amazing relationships with close friends, my family, my husband. Social media is a great way to be honest and get honest feedback, I just need to stop trying to make every virtual friend an IRL friend, I just don’t have the bandwidth and I can’t sacrifice the amazing relationships already in my life. ūüôā

  4. crtfly
    December 13, 2013 / 5:14 pm

    Good Video. i agree completely. What’s the point of going out for coffee or dinner with someone to sit there across from each other and text? Ridiculous! If confidentially is a concern, then meet privately. Go to a private room, turn off ALL the damn electronics, and actually speak to each other.


    • December 15, 2013 / 3:49 pm

      I have been guilty of that, blaming it on the blog. But really the blog can go two hours without any social media updates, in-person relationships deserve undivided attention.

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