How often to we look up and truly see who is around you?
How often do we look to try and recognize anything of ourself in strangers?
Where I live now north of Austin is very much the same as any fast growing or large city, everybody lives in their little 3 foot bubble with the majority focusing solely on themselves. I have even heard people complain about how lonely it is here. Keep this in mind as you read.
I've spoken before, through social media posts mostly, about how quite often the clothing we wear, the shirt designs I create and sell, is like raising our flag to tell others around us something about us (a display of some part of our ideology) from which they could usually surmise some portion of the rest. At times, like an instance for myself this past Sunday, one will wear something that screams at others though no one will hear the message. The people wearing such things generally feel the screaming is to keep others away it, more times than not, they are screaming out hoping for someone of like mind and understanding to hear them.
I hope to see him again next week.
I share all this because solitude and blindness towards others has seemed to become quite the problem. People have all but completely lost the ability to connect in person. Everyone runs off to social media and texting, which in and of themselves is fine, but we seemed to have lost the desire to be present. I myself took this as a reminder to continue to greet people often wherever I go, and to my wife's dismay at times, and to always keep in mind the importance a "hello" can make.
“People have all but completely lost the ability to connect in person.” – I 100% agree with this statement. I hope you see him next week also. Thank you for your service to our nation and to others.
Mr. Compton, what I just read hits home. I myself have been in similar situations, being in Law Enforcement for over 30 years , and still serving I have encountered several people, warriors that have no direction looking for guidance. Simply talking , buying them a meal or a cup of coffee and listening to them and giving them assistance. Thank you for for everything you do, Sir !