"Enjoying the Small Moments of Simply Talking to a Friend.”
Dear Bank of Prairie Village Shareholders and Clients~
Not so long ago, I realized almost exclusively I read the news on my iPhone. Yes, I stopped reading the physical paper. I know people have been reading the news for years on their iPad or on their computer. Perhaps I was late to the game. What I have also noticed is I am increasingly spending more time reading the news.
Unlike when I was growing up with the local papers, the subject matter one can read on the iPhone is never ending. Surfing the internet I can read on any and all subjects and papers from all over the world. I find myself increasingly following a story about a shark in Australia or an ancient ruin in Southeast Asia.
What I have noticed, reading news articles on the phone can be addicting. Instead of the old ritual of going through the national and then local stories and simply turning the page, one can endless scroll following a single story or simply browse one random story and after. At some point you almost have to put a time limit on the browsing activity or you can spend all your free time staring at a small screen.
The one thing I have noticed with surf/browsing is that -there is no sense of finality. Unlike when you finished the old paper--with that satisfying turn of the final page-one can always seem to justify reading “just one more story”. In fact the internet news format is designed to addict you into doing just that.
I will be the first to tell you, having the world at your fingertips through your phone is absolutely incredible. However, there is one downside I have increasingly noticed.
If I am spending more time today browsing news articles on the phone, am I reducing the time I spend talking and communicating with real people on things on which I can make a difference? Let’s be careful not to fall into this trap.
News articles are designed to draw you into the story and to stir strong emotions. When I read of natural disasters, or crazy foreign leaders, I have to remind myself I can’t control an earthquake or stop a terrible foreign situation.
What I can control and what everyone can control is what they are doing at any moment, how they spend their time, and how they interact with other people.
My advice for this coming Fall season, is to remember reading the news is not a substitute for meaningful conversations with friends and neighbors. My suggestion is to enjoy the coming changing of the leaves and make a point of thinking how you can visit with more people, face to face, by phone, by email –or even a handwritten letter. You can’t change the entire world-- but you can make people around you feel good. We can all do our part to make our circle of friends and community even better. That is the heart of being a community banker and good friend----I think the two go well together.
Technology is great, but it is not the same as a warm smile and a friendly hello. Smiles are free—Let’s give them away and make someone’s day!
~Thank you for giving us this opportunity to be your bank and bankers~
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