“We human beings are social beings. We come into the world as a result of others’ actions. We survive here in dependence on others. Whether we like it or not, there is hardly a moment of our lives when we do not benefit from others’ activities. For this reason, it is hardly surprising that most of our happiness arises in the context of our relationships with others.” Dalai Lama XIV
While it is imperative that we exercise social distancing during these unprecedented times, it does not come naturally to us. We, as humans, must connect. Last weekend, I joined 4 of my best friends (friends of more than 40 years!) on a Group FaceTime call. While we talked, the miles between Vermont, New Jersey, Virginia, North Carolina, and Florida disappeared and it was if they were sitting with me in my kitchen. After 90 minutes of catching up on everything from our children’s accomplishments to our home projects, we ended the call grateful for our friendships, time together, and with plans to schedule the next one.
Find ways to be social. Use this time as an opportunity to connect with someone with whom you have lost touch. Check-in on someone who you know is alone in your family or in your neighborhood. While the elderly are most threatened by this pandemic, they are also the most impacted by the epidemic of loneliness.
Reach out. Reconnect.
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