Have you ever lived close enough to a baby to track the many achievements required in simply learning to talk, from these first one syllable sounds, testing out the musical range of babbling, through learning the word ‘no’, to telling you fantastic tales about the adventures about various toys. It is a complex and effortful process accessing many parts of the brain. To produce a phrase, about 100 muscles of the chest, neck, jaw, tongue and lips must work together. That any of us can talk is one of life’s miracles.
I love this photo. It symbolises all that is wonderful about being able to talk. Getting lost in the moment with friends over a cup of tea, oblivious for a time to what is happening around, or the challenges we might face.
Early in this period I heard of virtual kitchens being set up at lunch time; various versions of quizzes being organised by families; Tea and Cake sessions; the list goes on. These are a great way to connect and share the day with colleagues, friends and family. What we are perhaps missing right now is the simple act of having someone to talk to; particularly if we live alone.
Today, I’m inviting you to add a new habit to your day whilst you are staying safe at home. Get out your Christmas Card list and call one of your friends or colleagues every day for a one to one chat. Offer someone else the gift of just talking today as you catch up, listen to connect, and build personal resilience together. After all, it’s what phones were originally designed for… and a great way to Stay Safe.