“It is in the shelter of each other that the people live.” – Irish proverb
Facebook and other social media are well-known for connecting people, some of whom may not have been in touch for many years. I like being able to keep up with what’s going on in family and friends’ lives, recount memories, play a friendly word game and give opinions. When distance and time are factors, these online methods work just fine for awhile.
Then I realize I need more. I need to hear my friends’ and family’s voices and stories, get a hug, share a meal. I need to see their faces and have a physical connection. I want to pick up on their vibes.
It’s also a matter of being selfish because those connections lift me up. Research has shown that staying connected with people who are important to us has a direct, positive effect on our health and well-being.
During tough times, having people to rally around us, share ideas for solutions to problems and bolster our spirits makes a huge difference. We are healthier and more rational, optimistic, and productive when we take care of ourselves by connecting with others.
Is it time to touch base with family and friends? Pick up the phone, schedule a get-together, or plan a reunion. We all feel the sunshine when we give shelter to each other.