As I write this post, I just finished a phone call with a dear friend. There is something simply powerful about being able to hear someone's voice when they are on the other side of the globe. I joke that she calls me from the future (a calendar day ahead or 14 hours to be precise).
It sounds like science fiction, but it is something usually taken for granted in the age of technology we live in today.
It reminded me of when I visited the Alexander Graham Bell in Baddeck, Cape Breton, Nova Scotia. A place I mentioned in my book, Exploring Atlantic Canada. Do you know what was said during the first phone call?
On March 10, 1876, Mr. Bell said on the telephone, "Mr. Watson--come here--I want to see you." Mr. Watson was his assistant. Alexander Graham Bell had a vision of friends being able to call each other and converse, instead of having to wait for a face to face encounter.
Things would be very different without the telephone.
It has moved from the switchboard, to the kitchen rotary phone, to the cordless, to the cellphone in our pocket. It has become part of our culture, from the movie ET (ET Phone Home) to songs like "Mr. Telephone Man" by New Edition, "Dial a Cliche" by the Smiths, "Call Me Maybe" by Carly Rae Jepsen, or "867-5309" by Tommy Tutone. The list goes on and on.
Show gratitude for what you have at your fingertips. Who can you call to connect with?