You have awesome people in your life. One, ten, a hundred. It's very easy to get overwhelmed with our lives and forget to stay in touch, or flat out not have the time to take a shower, never mind keeping up with all the people you'd like to. So how do you let them know what they mean to you?
Over the past couple of months I've been gifted with a ton of cards and a lovely box of fun things from various people. Some of them I knew. Some of them I didn't. I am extraordinarily grateful for every email, card, and prezzie that has crossed my path. It all made me think about how we stay connected to friends.
Most of my friends are online friends via Facebook. I have friends I made face-to-face, but they live so far away, in different states and countries, I can't just have them drop by the house or even meet them easily. Often I've felt very lonely in the midst of a room full of people. Yet today, when I ran into two moms of Zack's friends in Target, I realized that I may have more people in my life than I realize, and I need to remember to let them know they are valued, and I need to open my mind more towards meeting new people and making connections.
One mom asked me for information to help a friend with Lyme disease. I owe her a long email with information I've found over the year. The other mom and I decided we had to get out of our houses more, so we talked about getting her daughter and my son together for a crafts play date. One day, duct tape wallets, another day, making homemade fudge. I asked her to go home and take a look at her calendar and let me know what Fridays worked for her, and then suggested we call each other for a walk, even if it's just around the block.
|Maybe our walk will include a playground!|
Later in the day I called a local friend who has been battling a lot of health issues that keep the two of us quarantined from each other a lot. We still find ways to show we care. If I'm in her neighborhood, I call and see if she wants a coffee dropped off, and when she's on my side of town, she calls to see if I need something from the grocery store. These sound like simple things, but to me, they're important and valuable. Even a text or email or phone call to say, "Just wanted you to know I'm thinking about you" can mean the world, you know?
Some people grow up with tons of friends and have a hopping social life, while others have one or two close friends and a group of acquaintances that drift in and out of their lives depending upon the timing. People change, but with change comes opportunities yet to be explored, and new people to meet, whether online or in the real world.
|Zack and a friend from years ago.|
Here's what I hope you take away from this.
Look through your address book. Send an email to someone you haven't talked to in a long time.
Mail a card to someone you used to hang out with a lot but have lost touch with.
Drop by a friend's house with a cup of coffee or something yummy just because.
It's so important to tell your friends you care. With life at its fast pace, things fly by and before we know it, we can't remember the last time we talked to someone. Take some time, make a phone call, send an email, and reconnect. Your life will feel larger and happier, I'll bet.
And isn't that awesome?
Lori Anderson creates jewelry and bead kits as well as collaborative mixed media art with her son, Zack. Visit her shops by clicking on the right side bar of this blog (please and thank you!). She is also the creator of the Bead Soup Blog Party® and author of the book "Bead Soup" via Kalmbach Publishing.