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More to the Story

It really seems like that more and more we are living in a ‘cliff note’ society. An abbreviated world where text messaging, and the maximum characters allowed as we twitter and tweet and share messages on Facebook or other social media sites have conditioned us to not only send shorter, quick hitting notes, but have reset our expectations relative to how we now receive information too.

Is it cool and efficient to be able to quickly post a thought or sentiment? Sure it is. Does it help sometimes that we can receive a response or answer to a question instantaneously? Absolutely, with the caveat being the word ‘sometimes.’

To me there has to be more to the story. I think that texting and posting sentiments that are limited by characters or letters deprives both the sender and the recipient of truer, deeper, and more sincere thoughts, feelings, and ideas.

And whether we find it funny, efficient, or just plain sad, the fact is that we conserve characters and letters by choosing to use shortcuts like LOL (Laughing Out Loud), or R U OK (Are you okay?) We use smiley faces built into our keyboards now to let people know we are happy or we use an upside down smiley face to let them know we are sad or disappointed. A quick xoxo sends hugs and kisses your way.

Imagine how awesome it would be to share those quick communications via text or through the internet, but then to find the time to write out or email a much longer meaningful message to those that are most important in our life. Going into detail about what that person said or did to make us really laugh out loud or how something they shared put a huge smile on our face.

When was the last time you picked up a greeting card, post card, or took the time to write out a letter and place it in the mail to a friend or family member? Giving them more of the story, more of your story, more the story about the two of you. When was the last time you received a love letter? How did that make you feel? When was the last time you wrote a love letter or note? I’ll bet that made you feel even better.

The short, quick, abbreviated world is like living life through the coming attractions at the movies. We get a glimpse of what is to come and leaves us either wanting more and anxious to see the rest of the movie, or the highlight reel immediately tells us that the rest of the movie is not worth seeing. Either way, there is simply more to every story.

Stop depriving those you like and those you love of your deepest thoughts and intentions, and no longer deny yourself the true joy that comes along with opening your heart via the written word, the full and complete written words from your heart.

I would love to hear your complete story and more importantly how you will share it with others at and I’ll just be it will be a better than good week.

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