A Silver Lining

A Silver Lining

Barbara. Troy. Ivan. These are just a few of my neighbors I met this year. In some instances, we’ve been living just yards apart for years, but never crossed paths, let alone connected on any level. And while our interactions consisted mostly of 5 or 10-minute conversations, the point is I went out of my way this year to meet folks whom I would not have previously. I stepped beyond the boundary of my attached garage and onto the common ground we share as neighbors. I liked seeing myself as the source of neighborly connection – both for myself and for others – and I know I’ll carry this forward, wherever I may live.

Reflecting on this brings a smile to my face, as connection took somewhat of a back seat for me the latter half of this year.

It seems I spent more time in hospitals and doctor’s offices than consciously focused on creating more connection in my life. Both my parents had challenging years health-wise, culminating with my Mom’s major stroke in early November. My priority has been making sure they’re getting the best care possible. While it’s been time – and energy – consuming, I wouldn’t have it any other way. In unexpected ways, perhaps, I’ve been creating lots of connection with doctors, nurses, and therapists, so there’s a silver lining to this.

My challenge for this coming new year is to continue building on the personal connection goals I set forth at the beginning of 2014. Looking forward to seeing what unfolds. My very best wishes to you for a healthy, joyous, and well connected New Year!

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