I love to talk in word pictures. You know–describe something else by using an object or picture to get you to think about it in a different way. That part of me shows up on every personality test that I’ve taken.
While talking to a sibling last night on the phone, we discussed how disposable relationships seem to be these days. With our ever changing and disconnected society, we both agreed that it seemed that most of humanity has come to regard long term relationships (both friendly and matrimonially) as disposable.
I said to this sibling, “You know it’s like tin foil. You use it. You tear it off. You don’t recyle it or save it for another project. And you keep pulling from the same roll over and over until that one day that you need some and it’s gone (or the piece is to small to even be helpful). And let’s just admit it. None of us have two or three rolls of tin foil in stock, ready for use. We have to go out and buy some more and most times we just make do until we are at the store buying something else.”
So take stock of your relationships today. Are they tin foil? Are they disposable to you? Do you use them up and when they are no longer of use, do you throw them (and the person) away? Surely life was meant to have richer connections, with lasting friends and meaningful experiences to enrich our lives.
What say you?