When we think of the holiday season, we think of being with others, sharing food and conversations where we give pieces of our heart and mind (along with a few physical gifts) to others. In other words, we think of connecting with another (or many) human beings in various ways.
The need for human connection is old school. It is primal. It is how we have thrived as a species and learned to evolve, grow, and improve skills that can lead to continued survival. But connection serves other purposes beyond basic biology. It can bring us joy, confidence, and the desire and drive to do more, learn more, and be more!
Donna Pisacano Brown (2018) wrote:
“Human connection is an energy exchange between people who are paying attention to one another. It has the power to deepen the moment, inspire change, and build trust.”
When we connect with another person, a friend, a family member, a significant other, or meeting someone new, we exchange our time and ENERGY with them. We share these two valuable assets of our individual lives to create moments in time where change and trust can be fostered. These exchanges of energy and time might be more prominent around the holidays when we introduce traditions and gathers into special times of the year. We might be more conscious of when we are engaging in human connection and even more aware of the loss of connection when connections are not present.
When we share our ideas, our energy, our perspectives, and our time, we are daring to share pieces of ourselves with the world. We are doing what is fundamental to our species in order to carry on the evolutionary process of growing and moving forward as individuals and communities.
Take some time this holiday season to appreciate the connections you make, even if they are different than they might have been in the past. Find creative ways to share your thoughts, ideas, energy, and time with others, and you will be rewarded with joy and warmth in your heart.
Here at 3C, our goal is to help ALL of us share time, ideas, energy, and create connections through shared education.
Connect, Communicate, and Collaborate. That IS the 3C way.
With compassion, kindness, and appreciation,
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