How to stay connected when seemingly you can’t? It’s a good question. Many of us have family and friends scattered afar. Time and space, and now social distancing rules along with restrictions on non-essential travel, have conspired to make staying connected seem difficult.
WE NEED TO BE CONNECTED
We don’t normally live in isolation. We’re connected to others through our family ties, friendships, work, church, sport or community activities. Such connections with others are vital for our health and wellbeing. Togetherness strengthens us. It brings comfort and promotes individual and collective happiness.
Most of us have an instinctive need to be connected to others. This sense of being linked, helps us to flourish. It counters the feeling that we’re alone and have to manage everything in life on our own. Through our connectedness to those around us, we can share encouragement and support. It’s why staying connected to others is worth our best efforts in these difficult times.
TIPS TO STAY CONNECTED WHEN SEEMINGLY YOU CAN’T
- Think laterally. Acts of connectedness are wonderfully varied. You can Skype, Zoom, Messenger, Facetime or phone family or friends to stay in touch or have a catch-up. In tough times it’s encouraging for someone to know they’re being thought of, to have a listening ear, share helpful ideas, or enjoy a happy conversation. Such interactions go a long way to staying connected when seemingly you can’t.
- Seek fresh ideas. Don’t think there’s nothing you can do to stay connected to people you care about. We all have access to a divine Mind – the source of all good ideas. Turning to this infinite Mind can lead us to find unique avenues to stay connected. Seeking and finding fresh ideas shows that “We are all capable of more than we do”. Mary Baker Eddy, Science and Health p. 89.
- Get creative. Distance doesn’t have to dampen family activities. Although living far apart, it’s possible to have all the family cook the same meal, sit at their own table and eat together via Zoom. Or, grandparents can play fun card games online with their overseas grandkids. Nothing is impossible. With a good dose of inspiration, you can shake-up your creativity and work out how to stay connected when seemingly you can’t.
– Be love impelled. Let your loving heart move you to stay connected to others. Divine Love cares for you, yours, and all. Allow that tender Love to guide your actions. Through it you can renew old connections, establish new ones, and enjoy being connected to others. “Love is more important than anything else. It is what ties everything completely together.” Bible. Colossians 3:14.
ABOUT THE EXPERT:
Beverly Goldsmith writes about the connection between spirituality and health and is a Christian Science Practitioner and Teacher of Christian Science healing.