As we all get more and more connected to the digital world, and more and more disconnected from each other, we have to learn to consciously choose how we satisfy those basic human needs of love, care, and companionship.
We offer a path to connection and understanding. We offer love, thoughtfulness, and empathy. We want no one to be left alone in their moments of darkness, or joy.
What makes me feel good is someone checking in with me, no matter how mundane things might be at the time, to see what I’m up to.
Not “What did you do all day?”, but “What was the best part of today? What made you smile? How are you feeling?” The things that matter.
This post sums it up pretty well: Pretty good.
“…the biggest factor is the crisis of connection. People are less likely to volunteer in their community, or to go to church, or to know their neighbors, or to be married than they were at any time over the past several decades. And they are dying. The last time the American mortality rate fell for three straight years was 1915-1918, during World War I and the flu pandemic.” – David Brooks, Dec 4, 2018
The lack of human connection is killing us.
People are living shorter, unhappier, unsatisfied lives, because they are losing the opportunities to connect, and losing the ability to have a real bond with each other.
They are feeling unheard, unwanted, alone.
They are using guns, violence, and suicide to express their pain.
They are surrounded by people, and completely isolated.
They are covering their wounds with media, stuff, sex… getting trapped and lost, chasing fairytales that are deliberately crafted.
They are losing the capacity for care, chemistry, compassion, and conversation.
And those are the things that make us human.
That made us human.
We choose to sustain and protect human connection. To hold space for it. To find new and better ways to create that connection, for anyone that needs it.
We choose to be hopeful. And helpful. We choose to serve.