I’m often puzzled by people who are too busy or are unable to connect with others. I understand being caught up in the rat race of life with work, responsibilities, paying bills, family, etc., but there’s something precious in reaching out to others to connect that to me feels as necessary as breathing air. I can’t be the only one who feels this way, can I?
While I have much compassion for those who live guardedly because to feel and to be vulnerable is sometimes hard, it makes me sad when I hear that that’s how some people feel most of the time. To speak in one’s own truth and to feel openly takes courage. Obviously, there’s some trepidation and balance needed in order to do it safely, but the precious give and take between people is priceless. I look around at some people who are so concerned with how things look that they miss the importance of what could be if they were to be honest with themselves and others instead of hiding behind the mask they’ve chosen to show the world at large. There’s that soft underbelly of emotional connection that they hide deep within themselves for fear of being hurt by someone or something.
I’ve been hurt in my life. Betrayed by those whom I trusted. I wouldn’t wish that experience on anyone else, but by enduring those situations, they taught me more about people and life than I ever could have learned otherwise. If truth be known, I am grateful for the experiences, even though they were so hard. Because by enduring heartbreak, I learned forgiveness, compassion, empathy, and how to love others and myself more deeply. Life lessons that couldn’t otherwise be learned except by experience.
We are here to experience life in its fullest form so to hide away doesn’t expose us to the amazing experiences that can be had by being present in our lives. It’s like living in a cave and never seeing the light of day nor the moon at night. We stifle ourselves when we hide behind the mask and live with the dull roar of fear which limits us. When we blossom and open to the light, we shine our heartlights knowing there’s a danger of having them dimmed, but we can still see the meaning in the experience as we grow. We blossom. We deepen the life experience. By sharing our stories, we bond with one another. We flourish. We help one another through the trials and tribulations of life. We experience life from a deeper part of our souls when we are open to living to our fullest.
There is much evil in the world, I know. I’m not such a fool to not realize that there are dangers lurking and I’m careful. But I’m not going to let evil make me afraid of living nor sharing my heartlight with you for fear of what could happen.
For many of you, I know you think similarly for I read your blogs and your comments and there’s a team mentality here. We reach out to connect, we enjoy each other’s virtual company and we bond. We hold hands, we support each other and we shine our heartlights unabashedly.
Keep up the great work dear friends! Let’s make a movement together to show others how we can live to our fullest extent. Let’s help them when life situations break us down in order to let more light in to heal us. None of us are alone if that’s what we choose.
Be the piece of the puzzle that joins us and not divides us.