“As human beings our need to connect with others is deeply hardwired.”
I decidedly arose from behind my work desk this week, gathered my packed lunch and went down to sit for a while with a small group of elderly men and women who gather in a Centre at my work to eat and talk and sometimes to venture.
I asked one lady in my new group of friends, ‘so where were you born?’. The question snowballed! One by one, their eyes sparkled and the effortless, joyous stories of birth countries, mothers, fathers and siblings, and for many how they came to live in Australia, captured me – all of us actually.
I don’t think it needs a great skill to connect with others – all I did was ask a simple question to create an open space and opportunity to engage with others.
In a time when evidence reports are telling us that one in four Australians feel lonely one day a week – connection seems vital.
As human beings, our need to connect with others is deeply hardwired and goes right back to when we would hang out in groups so we could survive. Times have changed, but not being connected to others. Isolation and loneliness can take a huge toll on our relationships, health and wellbeing.
Let’s be brave and be open to connect with others and help others connect with each other.