Receiving an unexpected call from a good friend is a delight; especially if they’re not calling because the need something.
Many of us have resorted to sending messages when we intend to have little conversations, because it’s quicker, easier and usually more convenient.
We shoot people messages to check-in, to organise, and to notify, because it’s a quick time save – if the person isn’t available in the moment you’re trying to contact them, it doesn’t matter.
By replacing dynamic conversation with text based alternative, we’re missing opportunites for connection.
For a week, try calling someone first every time you get the the urge to start a conversation which could be had over the phone by sending a message.
If they respond, great! After doing this repeatedly, see if you notice any difference in how connected you feel to your circles.
When people don’t respond, that’s okay too! Just send them the message you intended to send from the beginning.
I’m willing to bet that the extra 10 seconds invested listening to dial tones will reward you with immensley richer conversation.