We live in a time of social expression, but very little personal interaction. We reach out through texts and social media platforms, but it almost becomes alien to reach out a hand to someone who needs us. As we experience an explosion of technology that transforms from moment to moment, we work so hard to keep up. Unfortunately, in the process, we lose a bit of our humanity as well.
As we tune out the world around us to embrace the one in our phones and tablets, it becomes easier to look past the homeless person on the side of the road. We find it easier to judge people online, and that judgement can become bullying. We see tears as cute emojis, and we begin to lose the compassion that made us human.
People struggle with depression, post-traumatic stress Disorder, Bipolar Disorder, Anxiety, and so many other mental illnesses, but do we see them as a person, or a label? When will we finally realize that we need to come together to remove the stigma around mental illness, and open our hearts to the person who is diagnosed. In fact, we are more willing to rally behind individuals with cancer than those with mental illness. Why can’t we just support those who need us, whether they are physically or mentally ill?
It is time to put down the phone, even if it is just for a moment, each day. Take that time to make a difference. You can inspire someone who is struggling, listen to someone, smile at others and make eye contact, volunteer, donate time or money, let someone know you care, or any gesture, large or small. Just one small act of kindness can create a ripple effect. If you have time to send a text, you have time to make an impact.