On day 286 of my 366-day self-care challenge, I reconnected with an old friend.
We have lots of options for staying in touch with friends and family these days, but there are times when exchanging a text or email just isn’t enough. We need to feel more connected. We need to see their face, or, at minimum, hear their voice.
Yesterday I called a friend I haven’t spoken to in months – and haven’t seen in years.
She’d been on my mind for the past couple of weeks, and I found myself wondering what fun adventures she’s been on since we last spoke. Because she isn’t active on social media, we’ve had to make a concerted effort to stay in touch via text or phone over the years.
And that isn’t as easy as it sounds, especially with a 3-hour time zone difference. It seems we’re always missing each other’s window of availability. More often than not, the day melts away before we have a chance to connect.
Nevertheless, we keep trying.
It was so great to finally hear her voice, to hear where life has taken her, and to learn about what she is dreaming about doing in the future.
Keeping in touch does take some effort. We must consciously carve out time to share our sorrows, successes, and words of encouragement with those we care about. Whether we choose to connect in person or by phone doesn’t matter as much as simply holding that space for another person.
Who do you need to reconnect with?