“I could disappear from the face of the earth, and the world would go on moving without the slightest twinge. Things were tremendously complicated, to be sure, but one thing was clear: no one needed me.” ― Haruki Murakami, The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle
Occasionally I’ll read a story about someone who has died and their body was found several days or weeks or even years later. People wonder how something like that can happen not realizing how easy it can be to disappear from anyone’s notice. I’m not talking about going off the grid. That is much harder to do. But, if someone lives alone, doesn’t have a job or somewhere they regularly go where their absence might be noticed, it’s easy to become invisible. Maybe even more so these days when people seem more determined to be self-involved and self-absorbed.
I think about all the things that I have scheduled that don’t require much attention if I choose to ignore them. Like bill payments, lawn service, etc. I can even schedule blog posts here. I could disappear and the my dogs might be the only creatures that noticed right away. Of course, if I run away from home, I’m taking them with me!
What’s my point? Do I ever have one? Maybe my point is to put your phone down once in awhile. Look at someone when you pass them on the sidewalk and smile. Say hello to your next door neighbor. Take the time to see the people around you.