Routine and Relationships
It’s not that routine is an enemy of relationships; in, fact the steadiness of regular practices forms part of the reliability that reassures us in relation to partners, family, loved ones, and friends. But left to itself, routine too often can lead to overlooking. By attending to the must-dos of life reliably and regularly, it’s possible to let those tasks and activities take over our awareness. The mundane can take precedence over the moments and gestures that connect us with the important people in our lives.
The Vital Nature of Connections
How important are these connections with others? The noted historian Yuval Noah Harari writes, in his book Sapiens, A Brief History of Humankind, that it is our ability to share stories and images with each other that truly sets human beings apart from the rest of the universe. Our capacity to create and share our own versions of what’s going on is what binds us together. All human progress, Harari suggests, stems from this ability.
Perhaps this is why we notice so many people consider The Shops at Sea Pines Center as a very informal forum. Residents pause in the plaza to chat, guests re-connect with each other and with the latest on Sea Pines life, and visitors find out the inside story on how to enjoy Hilton Head Island even more. We are grateful to play this role today, and for generations.