• Lara Flanagan

Day 19 - 360 days

Day 19 – Friday 22nd January 2021

Non-essential purchases: none

Weight: 67.6 kg – 3.2 kilos lost in 19 days

Calories: Under 1200 calories

Alcohol: none (day 19 of 19)

Exercise: 60-minute walk. 27-minute yoga.

We had to get the kids stationary for school today and it was a stark reminder of how different my two kids are. Rissie had ticked almost everything on the stationary list, whereas Archie is reusing most of his books from last year and only required one book. He has obviously taken note of my pile of old school-notebooks that are rarely ever fully used at the end of the school year. Some of those old notebooks date back 3 years. Rissie loves shiny and new, whereas Archie is a bit of a scrimper and saver like his momma.

Communication – when less is not more and the thumbs up emoji

A 360-days musing......

In these modern times of replacing old-fashioned communication with posting on social media and sending text messages, I passionately believe that less is not more. Communication is when we need to look, listen, and respond. I always think of an online conversation in the context of meeting someone in a supermarket aisle. If someone came up to you and showed you a photo of their latest insta-worthy moment, how would you respond? It would be good manners to say, wow that is a great shot, where were you? Or something like that anyway. Imagine if you simply nodded, tapped your heart, and walked away. It would be rude. Even stranger would be if you stared at that person, gave them a thumbs up, and walked away. That would be downright odd. Or imagine if you said to the person showing you the image, ‘love it, fabulous capture, did you have fun?’ and that person looked at you and walked away. Or gave you a thumbs up and walked away.

Communication, any communication requires a response and acknowledgment. With a response, a conversation ensues. If you can’t respond to a text, a post, or a comment, you need to wonder if it is more about ego and less about humanity.

So maybe what we need now is fewer hearts and thumbs up and more words.

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