It’s not always easy to find the right balance when it comes to connecting with people.
Perhaps there have been times in your life when you felt as though you might be suffocated by the demands of others?
Equally there may well have been periods when you felt lonely and longed for someone to pay you attention?
However, this is simply looking at the downside of the feast/famine situation, rather than its possible upside.
Maybe you’ve relished times of unfettered connections, when your life seemed full of others.
And those quiet days could well have provided keenly anticipated solitude.
As I say, the balance may not be easy to achieve, but what’s almost certainly the case is that our relationships with others are some of our most important assets.
Almost certainly your address book contains the details of people who you don’t see enough of: friends or relatives who know you well, but who have drifted off your radar (and maybe you off theirs too).
On a day when you wish someone would reach out to you, when you know how much it would help to have some good human contact, think quickly about one or two individuals you’d be delighted to hear from, then – if it’s practical and possible – get in touch with them immediately, rather than waiting in vain for them to read your mind, which I’m sure you’ll agree is pretty unlikely.
An email, a text message, a phone call, or even a snail mail greetings card could do the trick.
OK, you may be reluctant to make contact in case they’re over-busy or preoccupied, but think how you feel when you hear from someone out of the blue.
It’s normally pretty good, isn’t it?
Nurture your friends and your friends will nurture you.
Ignore them and…
well, you can maybe guess the rest.
So what are you waiting for?