Reach out and make a difference!
No doubt about it, the past couple of years have brought us all some serious challenges. With everything going on we sometimes become so distracted and self-absorbed that we do not stop and think about how others are faring. It is human nature, and we are all guilty of it.
Let’s challenge ourselves to think about others in our lives such as neighbors, relatives, and friends, perhaps some of whom you have lost contact over time. During these difficult times we all need some measure of comfort. Why not reach out to someone in your life and try to make that connection? What is the old saying “Nothing ventured, nothing gained?” Our lives are limited to finite number of years so what do you have to lose?
When we gather at a memorial service, we share our memories about whom we have lost. We may walk away from that experience wishing that we had reached out to that person while we still had the chance. Do not wait to set aside a minute to send an email, text message, card, or phone call, do it now. Imagine how that person will feel just to hear from you! Everyone needs that touch, no matter how tough or withdrawn someone may seem, we all need that human connection.
Even if the relationship has not been perfect, take the high road and try. You can walk away knowing you tried, and maybe even rekindle a friendship. Conversation and friendship add enrichment to our lives, and that connection may just make a world of difference to someone, including ourselves. Make this the year you will reach out to other or ask them to reach out to you. You will both benefit from the connection.
Although grief may help us mend something broken and loss may challenge us to find our own purpose—there is no better time than now to make the phone call, send the email, or make an effort to connect to our loved ones. Life is so delicate, and we should take each opportunity to tell someone what they mean to us—you just may be adding to their own life’s purpose