It’s easy to close ourselves off these days—in fact, it’s encouraged. But at what cost? It feels like there’s more distance and less connection and communication as we separate ourselves out of self-preservation. It’s harder to converse with others when we’re out, especially among the sea of masked faces, difficult to hear or speak even when we do make an effort.
How can we get to the heart of what’s important and find new ways of connecting based on our common experiences? This is a time when the whole world and most of its citizens are facing the same fears, concerns, loneliness from isolation, worry about the future . . . These feelings are universal and offer an incredible opportunity to relate with more patience, compassion and kindness.
In the past, we may not have had as much time to reach out, but now it’s one thing many of us have more of— TIME—to connect, perhaps not with our hands but with our hearts. How can we kindly engage with and experience the human being behind the mask, the voice on the other line, the people who provide us services?
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