The Need to Connect
As we turn the page on the calendar, we find ourselves diving head first into the New Year 2021 full of hope. We hope that we can fulfill our craving for “normalcy” in our lives. The previous year brought unexpected change, in both positive and negative ways. One of the most notable and lasting changes we faced, was separation. Unprecedented levels of separation from loved ones, coworkers and our culture…for almost a year. We found ourselves connecting through videos platforms and meeting in parks for walks but don’t forget………. no hugs, keep your distance!
As human beings we crave physical and mental connection. Our access to that connection may have been taken for granted in previous years. So, as we continue to navigate our “new normal” in 2021 our craving to connect remains unchanged and our willingness to adapt becomes increasingly important.
We must continue to curate both new and old relationships in order to move forward. It may take us outside our comfort zone to hop on a video call, or go for a walk when it’s cold out and that’s ok. We can also write someone a card or email from the comfort of your home, or send them a gift as a reminder you are still thinking of them.
Whatever it is we must strive to make it lasing, just don’t be superficial!!! I know what you’re thinking, gifts are superficial? And that can be true. But Gift giving has become an integral part of our society. Outside of practical functions, gifts represent a physical reminder of our human connection, they trigger memories and help strengthen our bonds. They can represent thoughtfulness and caring in the absence of your physical presence for years after they have been given.
I don’t think we can choose a wrong method to connect as long as we make that choice.
Invest in connecting in any way possible.