Connection Challenge

This is NOT a chain. This is a gesture of mine in attempt to reach out and DO something to create positivity and kindness. As I challenge you, I am challenging myself to come out of hiding.

If you are like me, I’ve been feeling very disconnected lately. With the election season, tragic world events, fast paced living, and pseudo interactions, I can’t help feeling that we’ve lost the connection to one another. I miss conversations that go beyond pleasantries. I miss personalization when mass contacts have become the norm. Ironically, the more social networking we do, the less connected we are becoming. I’m observing that this may be leading to increased judgement that focuses on our differences, instead of our similarities. We are all in this world together. It’s time to reconnect.

So, I challenge you to connect this holiday season. Send a text, or personalized message, to someone you miss. Give that long lost friend or family member a call. Leave a hand written note of encouragement to someone who you know needs some love. That person who you take for granted, let them know how you appreciate their spirit. Maybe contact an acquaintance you’ve been meaning to get to know better. A good deed, a lunch date, a smile, or a compliment; no genuine act of kindness is too big or small.


Silent change

It’s time to step away
Time to sit in silence
Time to clear the clutter and slow the pace
Time to return value to its rightful owner
Time to recharge while disconnecting the cord
Time for human connection
Time for what is real, no more hyperboles or falsehoods to entertain
Time to concentrate on the meaningful while letting the rest filter through
Time to do my part to be the change that I hope to see


Why must we choose a side? Why can’t we appreciate what is simply right? By, “right,” I mean, true. Does it care for someone, or does it feed your greed? Does it descend from love, or is it fueled by hate? It really is that simple.

Why is diversity bad, or wrong, or even “unnatural?”  Newsflash, nature is diverse! Why can’t we see the common threads that stitch us together? Why do we see only the color or patterns, instead of feeling the material or the craftsman ship of the weave? We’ve lost the connection, or at least feeling connected.

Debates and arguments fill the headlines, and not just politically. I’m all for an intellectual discussion, but without the judgement. I am fatigued by, ‘I’m right and therefore you’re wrong.’ Just because I believe in something, doesn’t mean I believe in something else. Equally true is the inverse. “We are more than one thing.”*  We all have our virtues and flaws that are true and valid, each actively serving. Why are we so blind to one trait because of another?  Bias is blinding and damning.

The world would be so boring if we were all the same. Not only boring, but I’m sure progress would cease and it would be our end. Why can’t we celebrate our uniqueness instead of casting murderous judgement? There are many times that both sides are wrong, and many times both sides are right, just different. Another newsflash, it is not our job to cast judgement. Yes, we make decisions for ourselves, finding what best serves us personally. However, this practice should not translate to arrogance and judgment.

We are all guilty. The goal and intention is mindfulness of this habit, so we can grow in one another. We are all in this together. Isn’t it time for more togetherness?  United we stand, divided we fall. Our knees are already bloodied by polarized wars. It’s time to pick ourselves up, and learn our lessons now, instead of later. Change begins locally, within ourselves and our families. Learn, make the necessary changes in order to grow.  Choose Love. Be kind.

*All of us are more than one thing. -leslieodomjr #HamildocPBS

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