Guest Blogger Holly, Zeta Zeta
Our generation is the generation of multitaskers. We are masters of many things, but are we really doing any of them well? There is a lot to be said for a woman who can balance her academics, social life, family, (and everything else), but are we giving the people in our lives everything they deserve while we are trying to be queens of the world?
According to Jacqueline Gilbertson, founder and director of Culture Capsules and a recognized specialist in international and business etiquette, we are “glued to our electronic gadgets” and we are not always present in our relationships.
Most of us are guilty of being glued to social media through our smart phones, but what are we losing in our need to stay connected? The answer is our true, real life relationships. As Kappas, we live our lives around five virtues and one of these is sincerity. By always being connected to our electronic devices, we aren’t always showing sincerity in our relationships and we’re sometimes missing out on the little things.
So what can we do to improve our relationships?
1. Disconnect. As hard as it may be, when you go out with a friend, leave your phone in the car. This can be hard, but 30 minutes over coffee without a buzz from your cell phone can open a whole new world in a relationship.
2. Be traditional. Take the time to write a thank-you note when necessary or send a note to a friend, just because. By taking the time to show your gratitude, you will thrill the receiver and show off your great social graces!
3. Be sincere. The first two suggestions are nothing if you don’t put a little sincerity behind them. Take the time to build your relationships and do the necessary work to make them worth it. We are all busy, but with a little effort and disconnecting from media and electronics for a few minutes, we can keep those relationships strong.
Jacqueline encouraged me to focus on just one thing at a time and to leave people with things that can be treasured. If we can disconnect and treat our relationships like we do all the other things in our lives, we will all reap the rewards.
Think of ways that you can be more sincere in your relationships. Take 5 minutes and reach out to your mother with a phone call instead of a text. Take the extra second to sincerely thank someone for something. Pay kindness forward and you will start to see it in your own life. These things aren’t only contagious; they are things that people truly treasure. You never know when YOUR words might make someone’s day.
So will you take the challenge to unplug and reconnect with your life? Try it once this week let us know how it goes!