Technology make life better. No doubt about it. But many people will remind us that technology isn’t a substitution for soul. So what is?
Connections and community building matter more every day, and our networks, families and social platforms help us better associate and relate to one another. But, one simple act - one that’s fallen a bit out of favor - can go a long way. What’s that act? A phone call.
Yes, a phone call. It’s a lost art for many of us. Texts, messaging, WhatsApp, e-mail and a multitude of other products and platforms have made it "easier" to reach out and make happen what we need to make happen.
So, it was great last week when I got two "just calling to say hello" phone calls. Both from people I see often but haven’t talked to for an extended period of time. It was nice, welcomed and truly appreciated.
A phone call without purpose - "just saying hi, and what’s up?" Do it now. Pick someone in your phone that you haven’t talked with in months. A friend, business contact, family member, your insurance agent - whomever. Call him/her now - right now. And, for no reason other than just to say hello.
A life-long and passionate community leader and Milwaukeean, Jeff Sherman is a co-founder of OnMilwaukee.
He grew up in Wauwatosa and graduated from Marquette University, as a Warrior. He holds an MBA from Cardinal Stritch University, and is the founding president of Young Professionals of Milwaukee (YPM)/Fuel Milwaukee.
Early in his career, Sherman was one of youngest members of the Greater Milwaukee Committee, and currently is involved in numerous civic and community groups - including board positions at The Wisconsin Center District, Wisconsin Club and Marcus Center for the Performing Arts. He's honored to have been named to The Business Journal's "30 under 30" and Milwaukee Magazine's "35 under 35" lists.
He owns a condo in Downtown and lives in greater Milwaukee with his wife Stephanie, his son, Jake, and daughter Pierce. He's a political, music, sports and news junkie and thinks, for what it's worth, that all new movies should be released in theaters, on demand, online and on DVD simultaneously.
He also thinks you should read OnMilwaukee each and every day.