~ I was sitting at coffee this past weekend with a friend who was sharing with me how much hanging out at coffee had changed his life,
” I’d been suffering from a number of mental illnesses for nearly twenty years, and a couple years back my therapist at the time encouraged me to start going to coffee to meet people. Ever since my life has gotten so much better. You and I Kenneth have been talking for a year or so now, and I know at least fifty to a hundred people here at the coffee shop. I finally feel like I have a real semblance of community” he said
When I asked him what he used to do before he started hanging out at coffee, his face soured up, “Actually, after work most days I would pretty much just sit at home and watch television till I’d go to sleep” he said
The reality of the situation is that Western Culture has moved into a new era; we’ve created a society where the Internet, cell phones, television, and other forms of technology have all but changed the way of life we once knew. Sitting together face-to-face and having a conversation is slowly going the way of the dinosaurs…..but there is still a small remnant who haven’t entirely succumbed to this Brave New World.
Sadly, most people who come to coffee put headphones on and stare into their electronic screens, and cut themselves off from the rest of the community. Of course, they could just as easily surf their social network at home, or whatever it is they are doing when they look at their electronic screen…..but the fact that they come out to a public place to do it, is evidence that there is something within us that drives us to be around other humans.
We are social creatures. We were meant for community and connection. We weren’t meant to live totally isolated and disconnected from the rest of the world.
Today is February 1st. It marks my three year anniversary of blogging. In many ways I don’t necessarily have the right makeup for being a blogger. I’m a very private person and sharing my personal thoughts with the world is not necessarily something that comes natural to me, I tend to prefer getting to know someone and connecting with them before I simply blurt out what I believe about life.
Blogging has also at times been rather overwhelming. In my first year I received nearly half a million visitors to my site and over 15,000 emails and comments (three years later I’ve gone through so many emails from readers that I’ve lost count) and the sheer volume of response to my writings was something I could barely keep up with and maintain.
I’ve taken long sabbatical’s from blogging in order to keep my sanity. During the first year and a half I blogged nearly every day, and after writing more than 450 articles I started to feel a bit depleted when it came to my mental faculties.
At one point I visited 100 coffee shops throughout North America (and Central America) and connected with a couple thousand readers. The response was awesome, and I know that a number of people I met that year will people I stay connected to for the rest of my life.
This year, I’m not entirely sure what the future will hold for my blogging career. I am happy to announce however the publication of my first novel, The Culture. The release date is set for April 1st, 2016 (which is nearly a year behind schedule!!!!).
The book has been proofed and printed, and now all that is left is for it to be put up on my Website and various platforms for consumption. More details will come in the following days.
Thanks for reading,
Categories: Culture & Society