As we consider the conditions that lead to connections, joy and pain are near the top of the list.

Having grown up in Illinois and being a fanatic Chicago Cub fan, I experienced connection with millions of Chicago fans after the Cubs won the 2016 World Series.

On a smaller scale, I experienced connection with family and friends at my granddaughter Caroline’s high school graduation party. Joy brings us together.

As was evidenced on September 11th, 2001, pain also brings us together.

The connection that we experience from pain is fueled by compassion. The word compassion derives from Latin and means “to suffer together.” It involves feeling another person’s pain and wanting to take steps to help relieve their suffering.

Compassion, which helps us build the social support and connections that are important for mental well-being, is a sign of our humanity. If we witness another’s suffering, but lack a sense of compassion, it means we are losing our humanity.

In both joy and pain, we connect with others because we are sharing from our heart.

As we go through the week, let’s be aware of the opportunities for connection as we experience big or small moments of joy and pain.

From our team…Willow, Kevin, and Tom…for whom connections matter.

Paul Bernabei, Director
Top 20 Training