The unlimited opportunities of Skype.
The world we live in has become, as we all know now, a global village. Even the most distant places on the other side of the globe are now in reach with technology. Everything has changed in just a couple of decades and now, as that well-known comment says, "The only constant is change."
The way relationships are viewed has also changed. The extended family of olden days and the close knit communities that we took for granted have ceased to exist as we knew them.
Job, geographical, social and even international mobility has meant that family and friendships have been stretched even more. We may think of the planet a global village but in that context then, it is a long, long way to encounter folks who live at the end of the street!
Friendships and relationships then are at risk of coming and going in the frantic pace and changing places that we live in nowadays. People end up 'moving on' more often or are just too busy to put the effort in needed to produce rich, rewarding relationships and friendships. Stress, busyness, time pressures, financial commitments, etc. put a huge squeeze on the time we have left for relationships at the end of the day or working week.
The comment that 'Love' is spelt TIME is so true. As we demonstrate to others that we want to share time with them in our busy worlds, we are demonstrating in a very simple and yet effective way that we love them.
So how can we do it? How can we stay in touch with those that we love - our 'nearest and dearest' - who may well be dear but are probably not near? Letters were a means in the past and then came telephones and fax machines. Then emails took over. And now with Skype, video telephone calls over the internet have become the latest means of communication.
Contact over cyber space via texts, emails and Skype to friends and family has taken over now as the vehicle of communication. Face to face contact has been lost as people have moved, emigrated and relocated. Calls via Skype have become the equivalent of the telephone calls by which loved ones would once communicate when distances were involved.
Reaching even beyond our close, personal circle of family and friends, how else can the cyber technology be used to help and encourage and even befriend those whom we know less well (or whom we could know or contact) further afield. There are unlimited opportunities to use Skype for friendship or encouragement, on line counseling, etc.
What of the missionary feeling isolated on some calling to a country far from home. They may have a fervent belief in the call but are struggling with temptation, homesickness, loneliness. Would they be encouraged by counselling on line or online exchanges and encouragement. Surely that would be the case.
Or the research scientist spending a year at the South Pole studying weather patterns? Estranged from family and friendships and struggling emotionally in a beautiful but hostile, lonely, desolate wilderness. Would on line therapy or Skype counseling help? You bet! Ask anyone whose been there!
Or what about the lonely grandma left at home when her kids have departed or are living abroad and have taken the grand children with them? They but it can be extremely lonely for anyone they've left behind. Would love, friendship, video calls or online counselling be helpful? Yes would be the only conclusion..
And so the days are here now, now that the technology is with us, to have endless opportunities reaching out, loving, inspiring, motivating, challenging, helping and counselling online. What is keeping you? Get going now and make a positive difference to someone's day, week or even month!