I was able to attend one of my favorite all-time networking meetings twice this week, even if virtually. It is such a delight with wildly outrageous personalities who nonetheless are bent on working in, or, supporting non-profit organizations. Their business ambitions joined with values, integrity, and a desire to support those less fortunate is a common theme. I leave feeling blessed I was asked to join such a group.
It feels exquisitely special because I am fully aware that so many of us can easily get caught in “survival” mode where every penny is allocated to some supposably needed purchase whether for survival or ease while every moment is spent rushing to fit too many activities into our lives.
Yet when we sit back, isn’t it true that each one of us has more than a little ability to support others in greater need? It can be through giving time, not always money or goods. That ability to give makes the day feel so much richer and so much kinder. We truly are all in this together.
I am aware that depression, loneliness, and isolation have been issues for so many these past 18 months, yet I also know that as we now venture out to see the world, to become a part of our communities, we can also easily be aware of those who have suffered even more.
Those of us who are entrepreneurs, or small business owners, may have the gift of time or money to share. However, for all of us, I want to share that more than once I have been told by someone in the supermarket that I was the only person they have spoken to in days. The only person who has said hello, and they were so grateful. I feel as blessed as they are when I hear that. And yes, there are those who walk by ignoring my hello or my good morning. I’m not hurt, just saddened a bit that they are in such a rush that the ability to connect was lost. Big city living and the cost of “progress” perhaps, but certainly the cost seems high.
My wish for each of us is that we practice mindfulness or meditation. Whatever it is that slows each of us down to a pace that allows us to actually see the people around us, to be able to connect to those in our community, and to realize we are a part of something so much greater than ourselves. Starting with our neighborhoods, our towns, and our states, we have a wild world so in need of a touch, a hello, or more. Enrich your lives and that of others simply by loving and supporting friends, and strangers you haven’t met yet, who can become that next acquaintance or friend that blesses you with their warmth and connection simply because you took a moment to care.