It can be easy for us to withdraw when we’re not feeling good.
To stop calling or contacting our friends and family.
To feel that we have to go through our pain by ourselves.
When we do that, we do a great disservice to ourselves.
We are social creatures.
We thrive when we are in community.
We deteriorate when we are isolated.
One of the biggest problems we have today is how many people feel disconnected.
While technology connects us across the globe, we spend less time talking to our neighbor.
Having a community to be a part of is essential for our growth.
For our emotional stability.
For our sense of belonging and of our place in the world.
The more we hide, the more we don’t know where we fit in.
The need to connect is so important specifically when we are going through a hard time.
To have that friend’s shoulder to lean on.
To have a friendly face to see when we express our doubt, our shame, and our fears, is more helpful than any medication.
The energy of sharing with another person not only lifts our spirit, it helps them as well.
Yes, it is natural to want to hide when we don’t feel good.
Yet when we fight that urge and do the opposite, we will find many treasures.
Sure, it is hard to remember to connect when we are in the middle of our crisis.
This is why it is so important to practice connecting with others when we feel good.
To reach out to others on a regular basis.
So we build that muscle and make it natural for when we need it even more.
Change does not happen overnight so it is a practice that takes time.
Can we start to reach out to others now and not wait?
Who can you connect with that might actually want to speak with you?
You never know what the other person might be going through.
And how appreciated your call might be, regardless of the last time you spoke.
~ Sam Liebowitz, The Conscious Consultant