Connecting and reconnecting with others is an essential cornerstone for creating a meaningful life. You can connect with others by text or email within seconds.
Over the last 7 months my husband and I have reconnected with many friends, relatives, and colleagues in the United States, England, South America, and other countries within seconds by text and email. We have shared articles, books, concerts, and other treasures to help them stay positive and in good spirits to greet each new day on a positive note. It takes seconds to send a text or email out!
You can grow and rekindle your relationships beginning today.
How are you connecting with others?
Are you speaking to them by text, email, cell, FaceTime, or Zoom?
What new stories of hope, renewal, and connection are they sharing? How are you helping them to be positive and motivated?
Doesn’t it make you feel happier and excited to hear their stories?
What stories, music, articles, and books are you reading and sharing of hope and renewal?
Conversations are another matter:
With this thought in mind, it is understandable that many conversations are agenda-oriented and people are just too busy to talk.
Recently we were attending a virtual religious service and suddenly I received a thought to call a friend I had not spoken to in several years. A few days later I called and asked how she and her family were doing? She responded that they were all “okay”.
Hearing her voice was just wonderful! She shared how her family has never been closer. Each week they all have a FaceTime or Zoom call to talk about what they are doing and write each week to each other. Before 7 months ago, they connected infrequently!
I said, “It is marvelous blessing that your children and grandchildren are all on your weekly FaceTime/Zoom connection.!” She elevated her reply from “okay” to “a more positive feeling!”
We sent her a few articles, a book, and music we were sure she would enjoy by email in under 2 seconds!! She just wrote back a week later, “We are doing fine.”
“It’s an upside!! In every adversity is a seed of hope and renewal!”
Several of our friends adult children have moved from other states to be closer to their parents and help them. They continue working at their jobs by computer! Families are working together and are stronger because of this.
My husband and I called close friends during the resent summer hurricane to see how they were and if they needed any assistance. Our friend said, “our neighbor’s very large old tree fell on our home. We are without power. (They lost power for two weeks during the hottest part of the summer.) She told us over the cel phone, “We are grateful to be alive and well!” She also said, “The local TV news came by and spoke to me about all the damage to our home. She asked us “to record the news show that night as she had no electricity to record it.” We did and sent the 3 second spot to her cell which she has been charging at her neighbor’s house. On the TV News spot our friend said, “We are grateful to be alive and well!”. She was “smiling”! Others were interviewed right after our friend and they were complaining! Our friend is 84 years old! Inspiring!
How to start?
Send off a quick text or email asking how they are and send an article, concert, book, or another treasure that will lift their spirits. It only takes a second or two!!
What are 2 strategies to connect with others by phone or cel?
1. Each day commit to connecting with 1-3 people. The important thing is to begin building the habit of connecting with others.
2. Ask them how they are and then ask how their family is?
Listen carefully to what they say and offer your perspective when appropriate. Then share an article, concert, book or something they would enjoy by email or text!
Make this a regular occurrence!
During these stressful times hearing from a trusted, friendly, positive voice gives hope and warmth. All of us need this! Do it weekly! Remember everyone needs to feel cared for and needs to feel hope!
Madeline Frank, Ph.D., is an Amazon.com Best Selling Author, speaker, business owner, teacher, concert artist, and parent. She helps businesses and organizations “Tune Up their Business”. Her observations show you the blue prints necessary to improve and keep your business successful. Her latest book “Leadership On A Shoestring Budget” is available everywhere boo