Yesterday has passed and tomorrow is a gift not a promise. This edition was inspired by Charlie Puth’s song “One Call Away” lyrics – “I’m only one call away, I’ll be there to save the day, Superman’s got nothing on me, I’m only one call away. No matter where you go, you know you’re not alone”. The simple act of making a phone call can make a big impact to strengthen a friendship or a professional relationship.
In today’s world of electronic communication, often people will send a text or an email. This works well for many types of communication. However, the act of a the personal connection from a phone call will make a longer-lasting impression and have a greater impact.
One day last September I was in the darkest place I had ever been in my life. I was angry, sad, heartbroken, afraid and lonely. I truly felt the crushing impact of disappointment, distress and despair. Then my dear friend Kathy called. Just two simple words “Hey Girlfriend” made a world of difference! Just hearing the sound of her voice, her laughter, and the memory of her beautiful smile brought me out of the darkness and into the light. I never told her the depth of what I was feeling moments before she called. We talked about many other things in life – our families, my work, former colleagues, holidays and sports. We shared stories about her late Mother, Theresa, whom I adored. This put a huge smile on my face and warmed my heart. We only briefly discussed the man who caused most of my pain.
I truly believe that the good Lord and Theresa sent my angel Kathy to pull me out of my very dark place. A text or an email would not have done it, only the personal connection of a phone call would do.
After the call, I promised to make it a priority to call at least one person and to mail one note card each month. Just to say hello and thank them for being a part of my life. We are all crazy busy and let other things get in the way of our relationships with friends and colleagues. There is no apology needed, only a commitment to do better in the future. I challenge you to make the same commitment. I believe that we will be richly rewarded for our efforts.
I urge you to take the extra effort and time to pick up the phone and call the person who has been on your mind. You may their angel, their gift, their rock. Please do not worry that you are catching them at a bad time; if so, they will tell you. I urge you to buy some note cards and quickly write a note. Twenty years ago, we received far more snail mail than email. These days receiving real mail is such a treat!
I believe the greatest gift we can give someone is our undivided attention. One of the greatest gifts we can give ourselves is the reward from nurturing our relationships. Take action now, tomorrow is a gift not a promise.
Is there someone in your life who you should be calling now? Have you had a similar experience when a simple phone call lifted you up?
….. And life goes on.
Link to Charlie Puth’s video for the song: