This afternoon, a last minute invite came from a friend to join her and some of my former co-workers for dinner – one of whom I haven’t seen since January of last year. I was happily able to meet these friends and catch up.
I’m terrible at keeping in touch with people. I have the best intentions and I want to keep these connections going, but… well, I am gifted with people who understand this and who know this little – let’s call it a quirk – about me and forgive me for it and keep in touch anyway.
When we do manage to get together and catch up, it’s always a joy for me, and I feel that gift in countless ways as my friends and I sit and visit and tell stories and laugh ourselves silly. And I feel that gift when these and other friends don’t give up on me.
I challenge you to reach out to someone you know, like, care about, but whom you haven’t seen or spoken to in a while. They might be like me – wanting that contact but going through a tough time and, however wrong it may be, putting some things on the back burner in order to get through his or her day, even if those ‘things’ are people who could help ease their way.
Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around. ~Leo Buscaglia