Recently several Wellness Wednesdays have focused on connections. The importance of connections and belonging is evident on a daily basis.

“Connection is the energy that exists between people

when they feel seen, heard and valued;

when they can give and receive without judgment;

and when they derive sustenance and strength from the relationship.” – Brené Brown

Human beings thrive when this is experienced and, in various ways, suffer when it is not experienced. There are times in our lives when we experience disconnection.

I had a wonderful high school experience and treasured the relationships I had with classmates. After graduating in 1965, we went off in separate directions…to college, to work, to different parts of the country. We became unplugged; the close connections we had diminished.

Thanks to zoom, over the last few months I have enjoyed reconnecting with a handful of high school friends. We’ve shared memories from our teenage days as well as the paths we’ve taken over the past half century. And, yes, the reconnection has offered a bit of sustenance and strength. We have decided to get together virtually on a monthly basis.

I’ve also experienced a tinge of regret, wishing I had maintained these connections over the years. As such, I have become aware of other former relationships to which I would like to reconnect. I can derive sustenance and strength by reconnecting in two ways:

  • Recall the meaning and value of those relationships as they were experienced in the past and feel gratitude for those people.
  • Reach out with a phone call or an email and actually connect with those friends or relatives.

Time for Action: Recall people from your past with whom you have had a meaningful connection. Reach out to one of them and experience the joy of reconnection.

From our Top 20 team…Willow, Kevin and Tom…with whom I treasure moments of reconnection.

Paul Bernabei, Director
Top 20 Training