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Noteworthy Journey: Task 2
Connection: Reach Out

The power of human connection can have a profound effect on the overall quality of our lives. Strong social connections can boost our self-confidence and self-esteem. They help us cultivate more empathy, trust and cooperation. Our relationships with people give us a stronger sense of self – and of our own purpose. 

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234 Comments

Bonnie P

September 20, 2017 - 12:54pm

Community and history are two of the greatest issues I face in a world 1400 miles away from where I spent the first 42 years of my life.  I realize I am only at step 2 of this journey here but I’m feeling positive about continuing.

Susan B 1457485129

September 11, 2017 - 5:03pm

Always good to reconnect- I always think I am too busy to call people- I am so wrong!

Nicole N

September 8, 2017 - 10:50am

I just reached out to my Aunt.  She had called yesterday and I was going to wait until the weekend to call, but seeing this task gave me the motivation to not put it off.  My Aunt has been amazing since my Mom passed away and I want her to know she is special to me.

Amy

August 31, 2017 - 1:06pm

In the reverse, my brother, with whom I haven’t been able to contact for over a year, contacted me via social media. My phone number and state of residence have changed since we last spoke, social media was the thin line connecting us. He used it and the relief when we spoke via video chat was truly amazing. I know he is ok and will keep the lines of communication open.

Andrea M 11238074

August 21, 2017 - 7:59am

Took time to reach out to my husband and ask how he is doing. Learned more about what he’s struggling with and listened to his feelings. He thanked me for giving him a chance to talk. It allowed us to become closer.

Carolyn L

August 18, 2017 - 12:28pm

I called a friend who had recently lost her husband after 57 years of marriage. I offered to help her tie up some loose ends and do any tasks that she needed. She was very happy that I called.

Penny N

August 13, 2017 - 9:31am

This is perfect for today since my best friend and I are going to a local winery to celebrate her birthday this afternoon.  Her birthday is actually next weekend, but my sister made plans for me to pet sit for some friends of ours without consulting me and my schedule first.  Fortunately my best friend was understanding and able to accommodate my strange request that we celebrate early. I feel content knowing that I can count on my best friend to be understanding when it comes to my sister and her ways.

Mary Jane B

August 12, 2017 - 6:10pm

I have been putting off reaching out to a friend that I know is overwhelmed with caring for her elderly parents. Today I contacted her and told her about Noteworthy hoping it can help her during these difficult times.

Crystal S 1267180675

August 8, 2017 - 9:09am

It is easy to lose track of people in your life when you get busy.  It is important to keep in contact with loved ones!

Inga O

August 7, 2017 - 4:19pm

Awesome!

Pam S

August 5, 2017 - 4:07pm

Making time for friends old and new, gives you a sense of belonging and closeness. Reminding you that in so many ways you are loved and honored. As you remind others that they are loved, honored and thought about.

Jodie H

August 4, 2017 - 8:05am

Realization

Sara Elizabeth

August 4, 2017 - 7:47am

I had a messy fight (verbal, of course) with a few family members a couple months ago. We used to chat for hours every week, but after the fight, we stopped communicating. This task gave me the little extra push I needed to reach out to them. I’m not sure with they will want to reconnect, but I’m glad I did my part by reaching out.

Carol M 23624450

August 3, 2017 - 8:26am

Having lunch with an old co worker today!

Mandy G

August 3, 2017 - 7:56am

In a world of smartphones and screens, the simple act of speaking face to face or on the phone is a much needed personal connection.

Angela C

August 1, 2017 - 4:09am

It was great to reach out to my husband for some much needed conversation.  Thanks.

Cathy L

July 31, 2017 - 2:55pm

It was easier than I expected it to be!

Brenda P

July 30, 2017 - 9:51am

I had a long telephone conversation filled with lots of news and laughs with a friend I’ve known since first grade.  We don’t get to talk as often as we would like, and visiting is even more rare since we live such a long distance from each other, but when we do connect, it’s like no time has passed at all.

maryann t

July 30, 2017 - 8:29am

I met a friend for coffee yesterday. It felt great to catch up and support each other!

Kimberly H 1896111154

July 29, 2017 - 8:53pm

Yes! Talked with someone I’ve been meaning to get to know!

Manya J

July 29, 2017 - 9:17am

Hey called my sisters have instead of texting. Only got one and she was T one of her 2 jobs.
Was good though to say a personal hello

Melissa J

July 29, 2017 - 1:14am

I’ve decided to reach out to my sister. I used to be close with my older sister, but since I moved away we don’t talk at all. I want to open communication and find a way to reconnect and forgive.

Jodi S

July 28, 2017 - 9:17am

I apologized to a co worker, my words weren’t as kind as they should have been.

Nancy B

July 27, 2017 - 10:08pm

I reached out to a friend who I know has been hurting and hadn’t talked to in awhile.  She seemed to need some space.  She was pleased to hear from me and we are planning to get together soon.

Kathy D 1439697152

July 27, 2017 - 7:52pm

This was good!  I thought about some friends I had not seen or communicated with for awhile. I sent a few emails and received responses right away. It made me feel good to reconnect.

Heidi C

July 27, 2017 - 7:02am

I’m having lunch with my teacher friends today. During the school year we are so focused on our “to dos,” we don’t have much time to connect socially. We try to get together a few times over the summer as we recharge our batteries for the upcoming school year.

Natural Wellness Woman

July 27, 2017 - 6:53am

Connecting with my community is essential for my well being.  When I reach out and listen to a friend and share what my experience has been, it deepens my understanding and reminds me of how far I have come on this journey.  Today I will reach out to a friend

Melissa B 1671137115

July 26, 2017 - 10:31pm

It’s always good to connect. Made some new connections at the apartment complex I just moved to. Pretty excited for potential game nights to come!

Patty E

July 26, 2017 - 7:56pm

Yes, I really like some of the suggestions in the comments.  It is nice to slow down and pause to reconnect.

Sharon S 62427155

July 26, 2017 - 2:32pm

My sister is going through intensive chemo right now, she had her most recent course yesterday. I always speak to her while she is receiving her treatments just to keep her spirits up, and to let her know that I am here for her, always.

Meg H

July 26, 2017 - 1:42pm

I’ve picked a manageable number of close friends/family and I send an intentional, tangible, note/gift to them (one/month for me ;) and then call to reaffirm my thoughts and love for them. I also purposely choose a month that is NOT their birthday or anniversary, so it is most evident that it about them and nothing else in that moment.

Marta B

July 26, 2017 - 11:58am

Took me a while to realize how some friendships can be overwhelming and can take apart from other, I’m tankful I learned from that experience and now I can take the time to reconnect with other friends and make new ones.

N. Masani L

July 26, 2017 - 10:57am

Reached out to a friend to offer help organizing and plan to mail some old fashion letters to others. I feel a hand written letter can give more connection than a email.

Joyce J

July 26, 2017 - 9:49am

Today I will randomly pick someone in my Facebook friends list and call them! As in physically dial their number and speak to them! And if I don’t have their number, I will message them & ask for it so I can speak to them! I’m both nervous & excited! I don’t want them to think I’m trying to sell them anything and I know it would be weird if I end up randomly selecting someone I haven’t spoken to in decades but I’m ready & willing!

Patty A

July 26, 2017 - 9:02am

Spoke to a friend I hadn’t seen for a while.  We are having dinner tonight to catch up.  Can’t wait!

maryann t 1249378127

July 26, 2017 - 9:01am

I reached out today to offer support to a friend who is undergoing a life transition. We are getting together tomorrow for tea.

Mandy C 569440641

July 26, 2017 - 8:51am

I LOVE this! Lately I’ve had the feeling of needing to reach out to someone if I think of them! Even something as simple as a text but it’s nice to know when someone is thinking of you and they’ll never know if you don’t let them know!

Donna R 523010227

July 26, 2017 - 7:59am

It did my heart good to text my niece.  I am so proud of her and hadn’t told her enough.  I know she feels isolated from her parents at times.  Yes, I don’t always agree with every decision she makes, but refusing to communicate with her is not the way to guide her.  I am proud of her.  She is making her way just fine.

Andee R

July 26, 2017 - 12:38am

It validated my need to make some friends and reacquaint myself with a few that I’ve lost touch with. Thank you.

Claudia Luna

July 25, 2017 - 9:17pm

I have noticed that when I think of random old friends and I reach out to them, they needed that. They needed to know that they are loved and thought about - we all need that

Adriana A

July 25, 2017 - 8:10pm

I loved taking the time to share with a greay friend.

Valerie J

July 25, 2017 - 7:44pm

Having a thoughtful conversation in a hurried life is so reaffirming of a maeningful life

shannon o

July 25, 2017 - 6:25pm

Any hesitation to talk to someone is quickly replaced with happiness, and also a bit of regret that I didn’t do it sooner.

Jean U

July 25, 2017 - 2:28pm

It is always nice to reach out to someone else even though “they really seem to have it all together”. From experience I know that everyone needs someone to confide in and trust through a tough day, or bad news from the Dr even though they have it together most of the time.

Lori M

July 25, 2017 - 1:46pm

I took time today to post in one of the FB groups I’m in.  I was able to help someone else and it felt so good.

Charlotte F

July 25, 2017 - 7:52am

I’m learning more and more to reach out to others. I tend to try to do all on my own which can simply wear a person down. I’m learning to see when others around me need help as well thus creating a full circle of help and connection for all.

Ginger L

July 25, 2017 - 7:42am

Reaching out to others can be so inspiring and comforting. I realized that reaching out to others more should become part of my daily goals. I feel glad that I have taken the initiative to do so today.

Laura K

July 24, 2017 - 6:21pm

I try to practice this task daily. I work as a nurse, so touching people’s lives when they need it the most is a daily occurance. Fulfills me and helps others.

jlaqe P

July 24, 2017 - 2:48pm

Called to check on a cousin far away.  Everyone likes to be remembered.  I felt comfort in connecting with a relative that has helped me in life.

Regina W

July 24, 2017 - 9:55am

I learned by reaching out to someone else, I can also break my own isolation.

Serra S

July 24, 2017 - 9:02am

I get overwhelmed by things I need to get done everyday and feel like people are just more work.  I reached out to a new friend who I learned from Facebook has a birthday today.  I wasn’t going to say anything but took the challenge and wished her a happy birthday.  I like it when people wish me that so I made the effort to do that for someone else.

Heather P 363232057

July 24, 2017 - 8:10am

I am going thru a divorce and knew I needed my women by my side, no matter how far away. I reached out to my 3 mentors (women in their 70s) for the perspective of lived wisdom, i reached out to my divorced friends, I reached out to my single friends, and I reached out to my male friend. So much support in my life. I have even been able to connect with the partner I am divorcing, letting the tears and honesty flow.

SerenityInYoga

July 23, 2017 - 1:53pm

I was nervous to meet some old college friends for lunch but am so glad I did! I never felt that close to either woman in school, but could definitely grow the relationship now that we’re older.

Julie W 595417135

July 23, 2017 - 11:22am

This task came on a day when I had already made plans to meet an old acquaintance for lunch. She moved to Estes Park a few years ago and we really don’t keep in touch, but it was a great conversation and lunch and I hope to go visit her next year sometime. Well worth the small effort it takes to keep people in your life.

Terry M 1015041247

July 23, 2017 - 8:57am

I was nervous but took the chance and glad I did.

Jody F

July 21, 2017 - 2:56pm

This back fired. I ended up hurt cause the love/reaching out I sent out was not returned. I know you shouldn’t expect anything in return but for me it hurts too much to be kind to people just so they can shove it in your face.

Cathy cs

July 20, 2017 - 8:15pm

My task was very helpful. I learned that no act of kindness (but it was my job) was un noticed. I was told, “Thank you for caring”.  I am glad that, although at first I did an eye roll before jumping into this phone call, that I really learned, and helped. I made someone else very happy, and in return, happiness.

Karen H 23116791

July 20, 2017 - 12:13pm

I have a beautiful friend in Greenville, SC who is going through many difficult family challenges.  I called her and told her I loved her and I would jump on a plane if she needed me, no questions asked.  We cried together and it was very cleansing.  Taking the time to connect is just a beautiful thing.

Jen J

July 20, 2017 - 9:12am

Yes. I reached out to a friend from work, which helped me solidify my decision to return. I learned even a little note or text can do a lot.

Jennifer F 1789836209

July 19, 2017 - 5:03pm

Recently reconnected with cousins I had lost touch with.  What a blessing!

Ashtree

July 19, 2017 - 2:32pm

I Was recently very ill and two friends took care of me. Today they are both unwell so it is my turn to check on them. Connection is the secret to healthy community.

AlyCatJ

July 19, 2017 - 12:17pm

I have been attempting to build my connections for a short while now, especially those connections from the past that have gone a little dusty from lack of care. I will actually be meeting up with an old friend this weekend that I haven’t seen in over year and I am quiet excited to see how she is doing!

Alayna Y

July 19, 2017 - 11:24am

I reached out to a friend who just had her third-born child. It was brief, as she is busy taking care of her kiddos.

Michael D

July 19, 2017 - 10:51am

I communicated with a friend I met while in the Navy, after months of no communication it was good. I am not very sociable because people have and continue to let me down. It was good to talk to him though

Cathy cs

July 20, 2017 - 8:21pm

I was gifted with a blue survival bracelet today, made by an Army Veteran. The color signifies Infantry.  Try not to let others form you.

Emma S 1503320526

July 17, 2017 - 6:12pm

I bought a small gift for a young man whom I know is having a hard time lately.  I also bought breakfast along with beer (shamefully) for a homeless man named Tony who lives outside my local 7-11.

Eve J

July 17, 2017 - 5:36pm

I gave a young woman who’s homeless some healthy food and uplifting words of encouragement.

I also reached out in the form of smiles. Sometimes the smallest gestures have the greatest impact. Connection requires awareness.

Jacqueline M

July 16, 2017 - 8:10pm

Time goes by quickly and we need to reach out to friends and family when we can.

Saige F

July 16, 2017 - 9:34am

There was one ex-bff from years ago that I wanted to call.  But I decided that would be a toxic use of my time.

Instead I reached out to the many old friends and family abroad or out of state. I’m trying to get my son involved too so he can develop those long distance friendships and connections too.

Danielle D 1760374091

July 16, 2017 - 6:50am

Yesterday, we celebrated my cousins life. My father, whom I had been out of touch with for a year, was there. Long story short, we made amends and agreed to look forward and try to put the past behind us.

Tracy S

July 15, 2017 - 3:48pm

I have somewhat isolated myself from my community due to some personal circumstances. Today I finally made my way and said hello to people that I was anxious about seeing…what a relief!!!

Kim H 281080834

July 15, 2017 - 3:40pm

It was great to reach out.  I haven’t spoken to this friend in a long time.  I learned we all need to communicate and care about each other.  I feel great to know how she is doing

Gwendolyn G

July 15, 2017 - 9:37am

I reached out to my brother whom I don’t communicate enough with he seemed happy that I did and also had a long chat with my mom over the phone. But when it came out to reaching out to someone whom I haven’t talk to for a long time I was apprehensive. I’m a. It shy and I have to work with that.

Amber D

July 15, 2017 - 3:18am

Today I reached out to my Sister.  My sister Ashley, and I had a very hard upbringing.  We grew up on a farm, and worked very hard.  I was milking cows, pitching pens, driving tractors at the age of 9.  Meanwhile our dad was verbally abuse to us.  We never did a good enough job.  Fast forward to present moment I am able to see the good moments from my experience as a child.  However, I had to do some deep soul searching I order to learn how to forgive.  I still have my triggers, and still learning how to cope with them.  I am a sensitive person very empathic.  Ashley and I talked for about 4 hours today.  I am so grateful for her helping me get through one of my triggers today.  I work as a massage therapist and I love what I do!  Today I just had my energy sucked from me.  It was clear I was not grounded at all.  As I continue chatting with her I was overwhelmed with gratitude.  How lucky I am so have her in my life!  After a day like that a person should never Isolate themselves consider connecting with someone.

Piper S

July 14, 2017 - 10:19pm

I connected with my son today coaching gymnastics together then coming home to clean the barn and work in the pool.  I look forward to connecting with my community tomorrow through yoga when I teach my 9:30am class

Carla T

July 14, 2017 - 9:47pm

It’s very hard after things I have been through in the last two years to trust. I reached out and spent time with my grandchildren. Encouraging them in their path is awesome!

Melyssa S

July 14, 2017 - 6:53pm

I contemplated this task for a good long while today. It seems so important to my Spirit…
I have experienced in life that giving love is my purpose for being.
I sent a loving note to a friend who has been dealing with enormous challenges while remaining luminous and lovely. I wanted to encourage her…

Kim H 281080834

July 14, 2017 - 11:05am

Yes, I suffer from chronic back and leg pain and I know how it to need a kind word every now and then.  I called a friend who I know is in pain today so I called to chat.  I learned that helping someone else gets your mind out of your own crap and helps someone.  We all need someone.
I’m still in horrible pain but knowing I made someone smile makes me feel better.

Flissa M

July 14, 2017 - 9:11am

I live in California. I made a call to my cousin in Michigan. It was like going back in time remembering the fun we used to have when we lived closer to each other. It only took time!  The one thing we have a lot of!!!

Radiah G

July 13, 2017 - 11:52am

I learned that I need to be more reach out more to my sister.  I am sad that I dont.  I feel horrible.  This was really helpful and Im going to call her right now!

Stephanie W

July 13, 2017 - 10:17am

I live alone and don’t always make the effort to connect with others because I’m so consumed with just trying to stay afloat.  I reached out to my mentor and we’re going to meet on July 22.  I’m really looking forward to it, and I forget how lonely it gets to be “self sufficient” until I pause to reflect on how much I miss people and how much I’m neglecting this part of my life.  So thanks for the reminder.

Melissa K

July 13, 2017 - 9:04am

This was a helpful task for me! I tend to isolate myself when my life isn’t going as I think it should (like it has the past several years) so this was a task that made me come out of my comfort zone! I reached out to 3 friends-one doing very well and two who are going through difficult times! It felt nice to talk with all of them!

April G

July 12, 2017 - 1:14pm

I reached out to a childhood friend. Things often remind me of her and I always think I should contact her, but never do so it feels good to follow through with that.

Carla H

July 12, 2017 - 10:30am

I am uncomfortable with personal relationships. I am somewhat of a loaner and this task is difficult. I am new to this area, having moved here a few months ago to flee a domestic violence situation. There are some ladies here that have surrounded me and supported me so kindly. My family disowned me, friends deserted me bc I am married to an abusive addict/alcoholic. He is a true narcissist. Everything I understood about everything was turned into chaos. He had me convinced that I was such a horrible person that I secluded myself. I have been working on my perspectives since I left the demon.
I am struggling with personal relationships. They’re outside my comfort zone. But I am becoming a part of the ladies that have accepted me and they are teaching me how to connect and give and receive love. It’s different, a challenge. It’s requiring prayers.

Dawn A

July 12, 2017 - 9:47am

A message from the Universe. I saw this exactly when I needed too.

Carol A

July 12, 2017 - 8:24am

I have managed to reach out to 3 people and feel that the reconnection with them has helped me to gain understanding.

Lillith

July 11, 2017 - 11:36pm

It’s difficult for me to reach out to anyone, at the moment. Having been ill and in a great deal of pain for quite a while, it was in the midst of those dark years that I lost everyone. Friends, family, children…The loss was a complete breakdown of every connection I had made.

It has only been in the last year, more specifically, these last few months, that the doctors have executed procedures that have minimized my pain and help my mobility greatly.

In this progress of meeting my goal of getting better, I find absolutely no reason to reach out to anyone closer than strangers, or those who I still yet have relationships with.

Taking care of myself is a priority.

Perhaps that sounds harsh. But I have come to find through this ordeal, I cannot help anyone, I cannot be a good friend, mother, or other, if I do not meet my own needs first. Not in a selfish way, but in a healthy self-maintenance way.

In the way of reconnecting, I suppose I am reconnecting with my inner-most self. And without that relationship being rock solid, there is no other relationship I will every be able to have.

Dianne O

July 11, 2017 - 10:02am

My mother has Alzheimer’s. My father and I are her primary caregivers. I sometimes focus solely on my struggles with her that I forget that my Father has his own. Today I made a point of checking in with him to see how he is doing.

Kayla T

July 11, 2017 - 6:30am

It’s good to be reminded to not narrow inn on your own worries and suffering to the point you cannot see that of those around you.  I currently am feeling very worried about some things happening in my own life but I am conscious that I am not alone and my struggles allow me to empathize with others.

Dazzling Chic

July 10, 2017 - 9:43am

Talking and giving advice is probably what I do best. But lately I’ve lost some listening skills. On several occasions mid conversation I zone out. Practicing more effective listening skills and refining said skills to better connect with people.

Elicia S

July 9, 2017 - 2:42pm

I reached out to most my child hood friend just to say hi how you doing. I keep in touch with important people who we both lost same loved ones throughout our life. I even reached out to strangers yesterday to help with advice on business matters.

Terry L

July 9, 2017 - 12:19pm

A longtime friend and my sponsor in recovery was in need of someone to listen as she was having thoughts of drinking on her flight next week to go visit family. She knew that I would listen without judgement. This task was beneficial for both of us as we each needed someone who understood where we are at at this point in our journey we call life. Today I feel like I can breathe and I don’t feel so alone.

Alicia D 1223524777

July 8, 2017 - 4:54pm

I connected with my husband, which I do everyday. I think it’s important to make “us” time on a regular basis.

Julie H 832732212

July 8, 2017 - 8:44am

I connected with an old friend, turned out they were just as toxic as they were the last time I saw her.

Kimberly C

July 7, 2017 - 6:15pm

I connected with a friend I miss very much. We have lots of laughs when we are together and I feel blessed to have friends who support my goals.

Debbie F

July 7, 2017 - 4:04pm

I connected with an old neighborhood friend. It was so great to talk about growing up and our parents who have now passed away.  It made me realize how blessed and lycky I was to grow up with 2 parents and great friends. We laughed for hours and looked at old pictures. It was great. I realized how unhappy I had allowed myself to become. This is not me now not the real me. I have to recover the joy. I have let the happy me slip away. Makes me feel sad. What can I do?

Susan S 2124782053

July 7, 2017 - 2:49pm

I need to remind myself constantly to connect with others. Always a struggle but so worth the effort.

Christine M. M

July 7, 2017 - 10:55am

I txt my brother last night and asked him if he would like to catch a fish dinner Fri night. Expecting rejection as usual.  But he said yes. His wife is out of town. The norm is that she has other plans for him, weather she is there or not. So wish me luck I just might get to see his pretty little face for a moment.

Mary P 791857561

July 7, 2017 - 9:25am

I initiated a trip with friends that I usually wait on others to organize.  I know one is struggling with depression and needs to feel wanted. It was a good day and I always enjoy connecting with these people.

Deeangerleakia C

July 7, 2017 - 9:16am

I reached out to a couple of old friends/co-workers. It felt really good, just to say hello.

Julie M

July 7, 2017 - 8:36am

I reached out to a friend I haven’t spoken to in three years. It truly helps in the healing process.

SSStyleStudio

July 6, 2017 - 7:49pm

I reached out to a friend whom I hadn’t talked to in a few months, as we live in different parts of the world. We set up time to talk on Saturday. Given that there is so much chaotic chatter and depression going on in my life at this time, I’m not sure that I will be the best conversationalist. I did learn that there are a lot of missed connections in my life due to how my life view has changed within the last two years working in a corporate environment and being stifled in advancements, feeling a disconnect within myself, and struggling to launch my business. Yet, I am looking forward to talking with my friend and reconnecting, as she is one of my favorite people.

Janet J

July 6, 2017 - 5:00pm

This is always hard for me because I am a loner by nature. However, in the last little while other people have needed my support to get through hard times. It feels good to be there for them, and it also feels good to belong to something that I miss. Connecting and relationships are truly all that matter.

Leslie W

July 6, 2017 - 9:14am

Spending time with family today and reconnecting by doing something fun together.

Leslie W

July 6, 2017 - 9:10am

I have worried and lived in fear for 2 years, time to let that go and let the LORD heal me.

Tosca Y

July 6, 2017 - 8:27am

Yesterday I connected with two important people in my life. Today I think I will follow up with them. It is good to not feel isolation. These tasks are helpful even if they just prompt mindfulness :)

Little Duck

July 5, 2017 - 5:07pm

I have had a burden for about a year. I lost touch with a family member over something that should have not gotten between us. I have since made some changes in my relationship status and have pushed past that incident. I was so afraid of not being able to reconcile due to narrow-mindedness that I put off having to talk to this person for so long. Now that I have I’m still not sure if the bonds broken can be mended but at least my heart is pure and open to try and build from here.

Anjie G

July 5, 2017 - 2:29pm

I called a friend yesterday.

Roseann Z

July 5, 2017 - 1:06pm

Today my friend and her daughter came over and we enjoyed some yoga and meditation. I’ve been dealing with some stuff lately, and focusing on others helped me get out of my own head..

Beth S

July 5, 2017 - 12:19pm

I reached out through text to say hi to a friend. Lately all I want to do is not talk to anyone because I feel alone and isolated sometimes. Seeing other people’s responses helped me realize I am not alone. And it’s not a healthy idea to shut people out.

idiosyncraticunicorn

July 5, 2017 - 6:57am

I did not reach out to a past friend, nor a current one who needs my support, but I did complete task 02 albeit in my own way.  I ran a 5K the morning of July 4th - not unusual as I’m a runner, but it was the first one I have done ALONE, with no friend or family running it beside me.  Because of my shyness (which I have decided to work on in Task 01), I was determined to connect with someone, a stranger, at the 5K.  Granted, I was not the one who initiated the conversation, but I focused on emanating positive vibes and not aloof ones.  After I had crossed the finish line, I was sitting under the shade of a tree by myself, and a woman did indeed chat with me for a few moments.  We spoke only briefly, but it was a victory for me.

Aimee P

July 5, 2017 - 8:29am

This task reminds me that God invites us to daily Practice the Presence of Others.  To do that well, I need to be deeply in tune with my own emotional world and able to enter into the feelings, needs, and concerns of others without losing myself.  Loving well is, in the end, the essence of true spirituality.

Maegan L

July 5, 2017 - 1:19am

Thinking of someone to reach out to was hard. I am not in the best place right now and really didn’t want to share that with someone I haven’t talked to or connected with recently or in the past year. But I ended up going through my Facebook friends to see if there was anyone that caught my eye, and not only did I reach out to two people, I ended up cleaning up my friends list! Which for some reason was very therapeutic for me! Only one of the people I reached out to responded back, but I was so grateful to catchup with her and know that my other friend will respond to me when he can.

Rachael C

July 4, 2017 - 10:21pm

I spent time with my mom and sister. It was good. More relaxed than usual. I think the fact the two of them don’t work together anymore makes a difference. We were able to just visit and joke and be silly and talk about what’s going on in life right now. With how busy we all are, it’s rare that we get together like that any more. I know it means a lot to my mom, especially because she’s about to leave on a trip and she’s always had a thing about seeing everyone before she goes away. It was a nice visit.

Molly L

July 4, 2017 - 6:30pm

Wrote a friend that I’ve been putting off. Not for any real reason just to say hi and try to reconnect. I’m realizing that I keep to myself a lot and that I’m quite isolated from meaningful relationships.

Melissa P

July 4, 2017 - 10:26am

I usually do not send friend requests on FB but I did today. This person is a first cousin 1x removed that I don’t know very well. Hoping to get to know her.  I was a little anxious at first. I think it is the fear of rejection is the reason I don’t reach out to people. The cousin accepted my friend request. Feeling happy and hopeful we can share in each others lives.

Barb C

July 4, 2017 - 9:03am

A good friend is experiencing empty nest. Today we are going to a town celebration and making homemade sourdough bread. I remember how hard it was when my first left home. I know she just needs company and to keep busy.

Garri B

July 4, 2017 - 7:53am

Today I am meeting with my family and enjoying the holiday. I really feel like staying in bed and crying, but connection is important.

Grace B

July 3, 2017 - 4:31pm

I spoke to my best friend for the first time in a while. It’s been so long because I’ve just been so depressed talking to anyone is a major no no. I’m supposed to be going to a friends engagement party at the weekend.

KarenB

July 3, 2017 - 10:51am

Today I reached out to my parents - I don’t always speak with them as often as I’d like. I made plans to visit them this weekend, and I was able to catch up. It felt great to re-connect.

Joy

July 2, 2017 - 9:20am

When I first read this task I felt “great, how am I going to do this one” since I am such an introvert. However to my surprise an old friend came to visit me and I had the chance to introduce her to essential oils.
Then in the evening, my husband and I ended up having dinner with a couple we had not seen in a while.

It felt so wonderful to reconnect with people. I plan to do this more often.

Rita S

July 1, 2017 - 8:42am

I reached out to a friend from college. It’s been a while Ie haven’t heard from her but I have been thinking about her for some time now. It felt great ti finally break the ice and talk to her. I feel that good things will come to me.

amylou09

June 30, 2017 - 1:45pm

just recently reconnected with a childhood friend.  it’s funny, we’ve never been close, but our mothers are very close friends.  due to different lifestyles and paths, we had lost touch.  recently, we decided to hang out. we both agreed that was one of the best decisions we’ve made!  we have a blast every time we meet up, and learned we have much more in common than we think!

Kathy O 13

June 30, 2017 - 1:42pm

I usually work from home most days, but today I needed to head into the office for an afternoon meeting.  It’s been great catching up with all of my co-workers face-to-face instead of thru instant msg or email.  Since I don’t get to see everyone very often, my new goal is to keep the conversation upbeat and positive.  No complaining about company policy, or all the work related problems, etc.  It turned out to be a lot of laughter and good natured joking around.  I guess we all needed it.

Jacqueline C

June 30, 2017 - 9:51am

Feel great to connect with friends. Even though a couple responded they will not be able to make it. We are planning to get together soon!

Jacqueline C

June 30, 2017 - 9:50am

I reached out to 6 girlfriends to join me for a yoga flow class over the weekend!

Deborah

June 30, 2017 - 9:05am

I texted a girlfriend to make plans to get together for lunch soon. She is a teacher who is now on summer vacation. I told her that I’m struggling with marital problems and depression and she said that she is here for me. I made this connection to reconnect when I am feeling quite alone and isolated.

Elizabeth H 2066098541

July 5, 2017 - 10:38am

I am also struggling with marital problems and depression. It is so isolating, even with many friends. You are not alone.

Alaina M

June 28, 2017 - 6:05pm

I reached out to a friend I’ve been missing for a while. Today is her birthday, so it was an easy way to reconnect.

irisj225

June 28, 2017 - 5:44pm

I connected with some Community Partners talking about services for aging individuals in our communities and how to better serve our veterans and their families

Love in Bloom

June 28, 2017 - 10:54am

I spent some time with a dear friend talking about a crafting idea I have and what she thought about my ideas. I am making a Bohemian Crystal and Copper Suncatcher. I learned we all just want t relate in our lives. I feel like I am inspiring others to do more of what makes them happiest as I get inspiration as well from the encouragement to keep pushing forward with my dreams.

Love in Bloom

June 28, 2017 - 10:53am

I spent som time qith a dear friend talking about a crafting idea I have and what she thought about my ideas. I am making a Bohemian Crystal and Copper Suncatcher. I learned we all just want t relate in our lives. I feel like I am inspiring others to do more of what makes them happiest as I get inspiration as well from the encouragement to keep pushinh forward with my dreams.

LeAndrea O

June 28, 2017 - 1:27am

I spent time with my oldest doing her hair today. She followed in my footsteps& also has a career in hair. So happy for our time.

Christy B

June 27, 2017 - 11:33am

I sent a message to a dear friend who has moved to another state, so we don’t get to see each other as much as we would like. Since having my last child, I have found it harder to keep in contact by phone with friends and family.  We text once in a while but not a lot of phone conversations or face to face.  We live away from all of our close friends and family, so when we do meet up its a quick visit.  I am hoping to try and reach out a little more when i have a free moment.

knitterofhats

June 27, 2017 - 10:42am

Talking with my son today instead of texting was great!

Pat B

June 27, 2017 - 8:29am

I mostly connect with my kids and family, but I have been attending a gym and am making friends there - we support each other in getting healthy through exercising and eating right…

Erin F

June 26, 2017 - 8:59pm

Although I long for in-person connections, the ones I have long distance are still great sources of joy. Today my sister created a safe space for me to vent. My friends open up wholeheartedly. My family is helping with an important task. I am blessed by the connections I have, even though I long for more.

Kelly L

June 26, 2017 - 8:52pm

Even though I talk to her nearly every day, I reached out to my mother and opened up to her about something I was upset about and needed help with. For someone like me, I don’t always find it easy to ask for help when I need it because I’ve learned to do a lot on my own. It made me realize that there’s nothing to fear and that the people that love me are there for me always.

katheryn m

June 26, 2017 - 7:42pm

Actually, my day of reaching out to others was yesterday.  I am no longer able to drive myself and have to depend on my daughter to drive me when she has a day off.  Several times a gentleman in my church told me to call him when I need a ride and he’d be happy to bring me to and from church.  I reached out to him.  Being in church, worshiping God, and being greeted by my church friends with happiness at seeing me present was almost overwhelming.  My heart was filled with joy knowing I have such loving support in my friends!

Susan T

June 26, 2017 - 6:23pm

Today was a good day.  Although I always mean well, sometimes my comments or facial expressions are taken out of context with a family member; thus we have a challenging relationship.  It’s very easy to grow apart from each other when you don’t see each other at the same frequency as others in a committed relationship.  Today was a good day.  We connected…took a walk…enjoyed an ice cream.  I am thankful for this day.

Rita V

June 26, 2017 - 3:07pm

Yes…I feel better talking to other people even if it is through an online forum for my health. Many people are in so much pain and if helps to know there are others out there thinking about them and praying for them. I know I need this kind of support also so I feel good reaching out across “cyber” space to lend a hand, kind word, listening ear. It makes difference.

Autumn H

June 26, 2017 - 7:45am

I find it nourishing to get in touch with people and to maintain contact with friends and family. I love having a good support system.

Jojo C

June 24, 2017 - 10:53am

I am going to my stepson’s graduation party today and my husbands ex wife will be there.she has not spoken or acknowledge my presence in 10 years! I have inner turmoil but know I must go
I will Be kind

Glenda H

June 23, 2017 - 9:37pm

Just like tending a garden for optimal growth, friendships require the same attention.

Amanda A 148531489

June 23, 2017 - 10:35am

This is actually one piece of my life I feel is extremely strong. I have a beautiful chosen family who supports me through so much and has for over a year now. This is the first time in my life I have felt so in love with my community I don’t even really want to date unless it’s somebody really special. My heart and life are already so full. I took the opportunity yesterday to share some of this wealth with somebody new in my life who is having a rough week. I’m hoping good food with good people and some laughter made a difference.

Christina C

June 22, 2017 - 7:03pm

I took time thus week support two old friends through a mutual terrible loss.  I love my Village, and let them know I am happy to have them in my life.

Deborah D 1723552537

June 22, 2017 - 9:52am

My sister is going through a knee replacement and feels she is alone. She is in Ontario and I am in bc so I can’t be there for her physically.
I call her and send inspirational quotes.

Shannon S

June 22, 2017 - 12:29am

It was good to talk to my Aunt.  She is a great role model and a very positive person.

Linda By

June 21, 2017 - 5:09pm

I’ve been reaching out this past week and seeing and talking to old friends. It is a joy.

Wendie H

June 19, 2017 - 10:17pm

my job requires a lot of connection to people who need help, sometimes, I just need a break from that. I’m going to try to create little mini breaks each day to sit quietly and recharge my batteries.

Kelli M 729007579

June 18, 2017 - 8:53am

Connection to family is often difficult for some, and it’s easy to take family connection for granted until the opportunities have passed. Today, Fathers Day, I’m making a point to connect with the important men in my life and show appreciation! From my husband, the father of our beautiful and often mischievous children, to my son in law who is the father of my adorable grandchild, and with the memory of my own father who I love and miss dearly.

Debbie T 1651089510

June 17, 2017 - 11:20am

I have a strong support network of friends & that support flows both ways.

My friends seek me out for my plain speaking guidance & to make them laugh ..I have a wicked sense of humour which they find refreshing & uplifting.

They know if they ask for my opinion I will always tell them the truth rather than blow smoke but I tell them in a way that helps them rather than criticises.

I never judge as I know from experience that the right way to do something is only the right way if it’s the right way for you at that particular time.

Being there for my friends is something they know I will always be.

They are there for me too. I have friends who been in my life for many many years & I have found lots of new ones.

I see my friends as an extended family

I reach out to my friends everyday & I have done so today to several of my friends.

I offer whatever support they say they need usually starting with listening, Really active listening is so valuable a skill & often so hard to do especially when someone you love is in pain because you want to fix it.

Sometimes there is no fix but just knowing someone cares & loves them helps them get through to where they need to be.

It’s odd that I love my friends so easily when I find it so hard to love myself.

To learn to love myself is my biggest hurdle but when I finally learn how it will be the biggest & most priceless gift I could ever give to me.

Jennifer S

June 16, 2017 - 7:36am

I am having a really hard time connecting.  I am struggling with life issues and I really just dont like to share my pain.  I will continue to try.

Linda By

June 21, 2017 - 5:13pm

It’s very difficult when you are in pain, physical or emotional. I’ve been there, too. I found at that time that I only wanted to tell my story once. My true friends were the ones that just listened, never judged, and never mentioned it again until I was ready. Take care.

Hildur S

June 15, 2017 - 5:39pm

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Hildur S

June 15, 2017 - 5:14pm

Today I meet a coworker outside our job :) It was nice to have a chat and talk about other things than work.

Linda 326350054

June 15, 2017 - 10:06am

A friend of mine is having a hard time with probate court. I helped her today by doing what she needed from me. Simple task, listen to the recording of the probate hearing and listen for things that were not right in what was said. I found a few eyebrow raisers and she was delighted I found them. As she says, “When someone else listens they find things I don’t because I am too close and involved in this case, thanks so much Linda.” I explained to her it was my pleasure and to never be reluctant to reach out to me for help. I enjoyed every moment of listening to the recording not because I wanted to be nosey, but because I wanted to help, if there was something there I wanted to let my friend know. Since no-one knows me here at Noteworthy, I have been a Legal Assistant for 18 years, I know just a little about Law.

Brandie R

June 14, 2017 - 7:32pm

I just connected with a friend who has been going through as worse time than me. Trying to give her support and share the tools I just recently learned on how to help cope with pain.

Lisa B 1510988570

June 14, 2017 - 8:16am

I reached out to someone I know is having a hard time and would never ask for help but it feels like it helps just letting him know I am there and calling for a chat.

AndiLynn33

June 14, 2017 - 8:11am

Yes, I love how we leave a mark in everyone’s life. Same for them. I’ve been out of high school for all oat 20 years, but I can still think of cruel things that a girl would say to me my Junior High year and they still hurt my feelings! However, I have been blessed with lovely friends and family whose kind hearts and words strengthen me. It’s always nice to recharge with with Them. They help complete the circuit.

Christi R 739147017

June 13, 2017 - 11:10am

It’s funny how the universe works! This task has been happeningto me for the last 2 weeks. It started with an old friend whom I haven’t seen in about 7 years, then another, same length of time…then, a couple of days ago an old acquaintance from high school, whom I have not spoken to in over 25 years contacted me for advice.
I’m learning that no matter who we think we are, we leave impressions on people over time and someday they may need us, or, we may need them.

Jackie C

June 11, 2017 - 12:35pm

I talked with a friend who I love dearly. She actually called. We have spoken in a few months. We made plans to get together. My heart felt good.

Nickole R

June 11, 2017 - 10:54am

I’ve allowed texting to become my main mode of communication for quite some time, which is convenient but very disconnected. The other day I called and left messages for my brother and 3 friends, which initiated good conversations. I feel a stronger sense of self & purpose from this connection with others.

Aurelia M

June 10, 2017 - 5:16pm

Talked with an old friend! It was so special. Like we’ve not been apart.

Hope Knosher

June 10, 2017 - 8:13am

Just texted a friend who I know is going through a hard time.  I had been meaning to connect, but have been busy and had not.  Great reminder.  As a matter of a fact I love this so much that I am going to put a weekly reminder in my schedule to prompt me to send that text or email, or to make that call.  Sometimes we just need a little nudge to get us going in the right direction.

Molly M

June 9, 2017 - 4:29pm

I reacged out to a friend who just lost thier job. Just giving some encouagement to keep trying!

Lynn D

June 9, 2017 - 1:17pm

Just received the book, The Turquoise Table….all about creating community starting with your neighbors. A great idea that has blossomed into something bigger in cultivating community!

Kelly C

June 9, 2017 - 9:04am

I reached out to 2 women whom I was quite close with for some time; but a falling out between one of the women and a mutual friend placed me in the middle of the drama of the situation.  While I did not agree with how that situation unfolded; I have realized that it was not MY situation, and I was the one who put myself in the middle…  My heart space opened joyfully when I made peace with that, and allowed myself to reconnect, opening the path for more love and healing in all of our lives

Elizabeth M 1380817554

June 8, 2017 - 9:49pm

I reached out to an old friend who we have kind of drifted apart. She didn’t respond, but at least she knows I’m thinking about her! Also met our new landlord for our office today. She seemed very friendly and easy to work with! Very grateful for that!

Janelle W

June 8, 2017 - 7:12am

When I got out of my car today, a coworker was pulling in. I was in a hurry and just kept walking but felt guilty about it. Once I was inside and on task, I saw her and gave her a hug and apologized for not stopping to walk in with her. She smiled and said, that’s OK, I was in a hurry too. I’m glad I had the opportunity to connect and to let her know I was thinking about her.

Diana O

June 7, 2017 - 9:54pm

It feels good to connect and be part of a community. We’re all in this together.

Diana O

June 7, 2017 - 9:53pm

I actually did this yesterday with someone I am connected to on Facebook but do not know personally. He was struggling with life and seemed to imply that he might commit suicide. He followed up today with a thank you note to all of us who took the time and care to “talk him down.”

Jodi P

June 7, 2017 - 8:06pm

It felt so good to reconnect with Jeff today, and know that there is still a loving friendship between us.

Just Bethy

June 7, 2017 - 6:30pm

I actually did this before I knew what the task was today! I had coffee with a friend, I don’t usually hang out with people. But I had such fun, listening to her troubles, we shifted to talking about random things and finished by laughing and being silly! I even trusted her to drive me hme, something else i don’t ever do! The Universe put her right where I needed her to be today!

Mariah Andrews

June 9, 2017 - 10:05am

Bethy, I did the same exact thing! The universe wants us to continue on this journey.

Veronica P

June 7, 2017 - 5:40pm

As a flight attendant I have the chance to connect with complete strangers on flights every time I go to work. Unfortunately I don’t always take the opportunity due to time constraints (read: short flights) but on today’s 9:53 hour long flight I made a point to connect with as many different passengers as I could and hear their stories. It was such an eye opening experience to hear about the various paths people chose to take that inevitably lead to ours crossing.

aileen h

June 7, 2017 - 4:13pm

learned that my friend’s mom is ok—she was facing some health issues. happy to re-connect

June 7, 2017 - 3:45pm

I got to reconnect with my Best Friend from grade school. It was terrific! We were on the phone for over an hour, and joked that in the old days, the operator would interrupt with an “emergency call” because our lines would be busy forever.
It felt great to share with someone who knows me so well. Old is Gold.

Charlynn Avery

June 7, 2017 - 11:31am

This was the perfect task to get me going.  I have been thinking about a friend of mine for a few days, and kept trying to remember to reach out and send her an email.  Having this as a task put it in motion and now she knows I have been thinking about her and sending her love.  I need this as a daily reminder to let the folks that I love know that I am loving them, even when we aren’t as connected as I would like us to be.

Kt

June 7, 2017 - 11:11am

The anxiety is so hard. There are so many people that look to me for support and to just be a beighter place they can find. Its hard when i cant provide that. Im very aware of frequencies and struggle with if its better to still be out there or better to stay back bcuz i know being there does effect the whole even though sometimes i can still shine through and be there for others when im in that place. These crazy internal struggles. I want to better find the root to better know how i can heal from this.

Kt

June 7, 2017 - 11:04am

I sent the morning being silly chatting w a friend long distance thst ive been rebuilding a relationship with. It was helpful. Ive missed our interactions. Everything thats been going on in my life has left me with so much anxiety. I find it so hard to get out in social enviroments and let go without crazy anxiety. Its so hard when you are aware its happening yet cant stop the uncomfortableness even when your with people you know you never ever have to feel that way with. I feel broken yet still strong all at the same time. For i know at other stages of my life i wouldve just been broken. Now i have such clarity and can see how i can grow yet those moments of brokenness are there. Feeling torn. Today was a day i could be more open. Thank you.

Ann K

June 7, 2017 - 9:11am

The opportunity to reach out to a friend I had lost contact with was refreshing.  We had a wonderful visit and admitted we had missed each other’s company greatly.  I learned the value of keeping good relationships close and I felt appreciated.

Lee P 437177540

June 6, 2017 - 4:03pm

Through out the day, I made it a point to reach out and speak with all of my patients’ parents as well as taking my time at work and not rushing out. Pushing out my feelings of needing to be somewhere helped me to connect with those around me more.

Aurelia M

June 6, 2017 - 8:14am

It’s funny how this task totally coincided with my day! Friends whom I haven’t seen in over 4 years visited! It was like I was home again.

Rachael H

June 5, 2017 - 8:27am

That there is always time to reach out.

antoinette r

June 5, 2017 - 7:16am

I met an old supplier who told me some very bad news about my old boss.  My boss and I did not part in good terms more than 10 years ago, she treated me terribly when I gave in my notice - she wrote to all our suppliers and asked them not to service me.  Most of my suppliers ignored her and they told me she stopped using those who decided to ignore her.  This particular supplier insisted that I call my boss because she is going through a very bad stage.  I was very undecided about contacting her even my husband and my sister said I should not contact her.  I contacted her and I feel good that I was able to put our differences aside.

Tracy R

June 4, 2017 - 4:18pm

I spent some time with my second mom today reconnecting and we got our nails done.

Maria H

June 4, 2017 - 1:38pm

Today I got brunch with my eldest brother who I haven’t seen in a while. It was such a blessing. He was so encouraging and insightful as to the struggles I’ve been having. I am now going to call an old friend who lives states away. She has always served as a mentor of mine but I struggle in taking time to chat with her and be truly vulnerable. As I’m sure many of you can attest to, being vulnerable is not one of my strong suits. Quite honestly, it is one of my fears. These experiences, though, teach me over and over again that vulnerability breeds connection. Without this vulnerability, I wouldn’t be close to anyone. I feel revived and rejuvenated.

Charlynn Avery

June 9, 2017 - 1:34pm

I am right there with you, Maria.  Being vulnerable does take guts!  You are breaking down old fears just by connecting with others and your last sentence just says it all.  Thank you for sharing this!

Cheryl M 1344436482

June 4, 2017 - 8:33am

I was focusing on connection with each of my clients at work today. When I was leaving work I saw a woman sitting on the curb crying. I asked if she was ok. She said “yes, well not really” I asked if she wanted to talk. She told me that she didn’t have a place to stay and had been having a difficult time finding a job. I found out she had been staying in someone’s shed for a couple of weeks but had been kicked out and threatened. I got her something to eat and let her use my phone to contact an agency that could help her. She had a small amount of money to take the bus and they were able to get her into a hotel for the night and work with her for the future. As I was saying goodbye she hugged me and said thank you and that I was the only person to talk to her in the last two days. This was not a connection that I planned to make but I didn’t want her to feel hopeless or invisible. I think the fact that I was focused on connection today allowed this opportunity to present. Please always be aware of your surroundings and don’t put yourself in any questionable situations when dealing with homeless people. There are safe ways to show compassion.

Net

June 4, 2017 - 7:59am

I purposely asked a family member if she wanted with any projects today.  I know she is time-stressed but I wanted spend time with her. We worked on cleaning and painting a old piece of furniture for her to use as a printer stand.  That feed my creativity.  Abd we worked outside on an absolutely glorious day; my soul needed the sunshine.  It was a win-win-win-win situation!!

ParticularP

June 3, 2017 - 8:54am

I wish it was. I struggle to think of those I care about when I’m struggling myself and then before I realize it, it’s too late to do anything about it. I need to get to a point where I am not only aware of how I’m feeling but I am also aware of those I love. Even if they’re not willing to speak up when they need it.

Tammey D

June 3, 2017 - 7:31am

After moving countries you lose touch with many close friends ..this is a good reminder to reach out and keep in touch

Linda H 594503634

June 2, 2017 - 5:22pm

I have been spending a lot of time with just my daughter - talking laughing, hanging out. I love it! I love her!

Cheryl S

June 2, 2017 - 1:36pm

Today I met with a friend who I haven’t seen for months. Last time I talked to her her husband was having tremor and high anxiety problems. Today she tells me he is doing much better and seeing a nueroligist/chiropractor. He is doing much better. Therefore she is doing much better. Her anxiety has lessened and she was just so bubbly today.  So glad I met with her today!!

Kirsten W

June 2, 2017 - 12:48pm

Wow-did thisntask warm my heart.  What started out as a conversation with a complete stranger led to me learning so much about an elderly woman in my community who just began a journey of overcoming cancer.  My intent was to simply say hello and spread kindness, when I saw her sitting alone at the local
Farmers’ Market that i run.  She looked sad, alone and lost.  By the end of our night she had perked up, she was smiling at the kiddos playing near us and she thanked me.  I thanked her back, a few moments of 1:1 connection that will never be erased.

Caroline M

June 2, 2017 - 10:15am

My friend is very worried because her dog is stomach sick since a couple of days, she doesn’t have a lot of money, so I contacted her and will bring her some dog probiotics and some pumpkin powder to give her dog to try to help. Make me feel good that I can maybe make her dog and her feel better.

Amanda T

June 2, 2017 - 7:57am

My ex ran off many of my friends and some of my family due to his mental illness during our divorce. He harassed them and lied to them about me, even filing a false cps report against me. I don’t trust many people anymore. I couldn’t think of one person to contact in relation to this challenge.

Kt

June 7, 2017 - 10:13am

Im sorry your going through that. Why not try contacting one of them maybe youll find they were just as lost on how to handle the situation and miss you too?

Carrie M

June 1, 2017 - 10:37pm

I am an introvert and have learned it is ok to be selective with whom I let into my life today. As long as I connect with my own true self and my God the people who cross my path are meant to be there. I don’t have to force relationships.

Kathy F

June 2, 2017 - 9:24pm

Well said!

Bianca E

June 1, 2017 - 9:21pm

Connections with people like friends and family is important. We need to be connected as social animals!

Marilyn G

June 1, 2017 - 12:41pm

I connected with two of my students who are going out of state to take a national boards exam, both by texting and sending them positive energy to pass!

Donna L 783604759

June 1, 2017 - 10:42am

I have no friends or relatives nearby and so I am lonely but I sent a small gift to a friend far away. I know she will be pleased.

Traer P

June 3, 2017 - 3:15pm

I so relate to this Donna, I’ve moved around a lot, often find myself socially isolated. I reached out to an old friend today who lives quite a ways away, as you did. But without thinking about it I also went to two of my favorite shops in town that happen to be run by women, bought some things I really needed–practical and beautiful–and ended up talking with the shop owners at length about the products, realized how often I get in a rut being on my own, really enjoyed feeling these women’s genuine interest and so enjoyed knowing I was contributing to their businesses, nice new lens for me on an ordinary experience. Thank you for posting, you got me out of the house!

Sarah Mary

June 1, 2017 - 7:25am

Today I wrote a hand written letter to a friend who I haven’t seen in a while.  . . . . . . . . It is exciting yet it makes me feel good that I wrote them.

Ida S

May 31, 2017 - 12:57pm

It feels good to do something nice for others.

Susan C

May 31, 2017 - 12:15pm

Finding genuine friends these days is hard. Today I reached out to a friend that means a great deal to me. I wanted her to know that just because we don’t talk as often as we’d like she is and will forever be an important part of my life.

Java Diva

May 31, 2017 - 8:35am

I met someone new at yoga. It all started from the song that I heard playing in her car and we discussed music and yoga. It’s hard for me to make connections at class being an introvert.

Vanessa T

May 30, 2017 - 8:53pm

The task was helpful. I was apprehensive at first. Then decided to forget about it. I learned people are who they are. In addition, cultural reasons, lifestyle etc. I feel better that I was not hurt or angry.

Samantha C

May 30, 2017 - 4:51pm

I helped a neighbor catch their dog that got lose today. It’n not much, but it wasn’t a forced interaction, it just happened.

TexasStrawberry

May 30, 2017 - 12:55pm

One of my main goals during this season is to truly think of others…. to truly listen… to stop the self-centered, “to-do list” mentality I have recently found myself in… and to take the time to truly be present with and for others. I think I’ve got the self-love thing covered.. LOL!

Jeanne C

May 30, 2017 - 7:54am

I belong to a group that studies together. Right now each of us in that group are struggling with live issues. I sent a handmade card to each of these women just to let them know I was thinking about them. This was just a little jester but made me feel better.

Elaine C

May 29, 2017 - 10:40am

I reached out to a friend with a note of gratitude and thanks.  Also, it was someone who I had wanted to make a connection with for some time, but hadn’t gotten around to it.  I fell glad and a little relieved that I did it.  I am looking forward to seeing if I hear back from her.

donna H 878998745

May 28, 2017 - 12:06pm

I reached out to my sis to just talk about the things that strain our brains…I think we both feel better and more empowered to keep on keeping on… ; )

Radiah G

July 13, 2017 - 11:50am

I have a sister in Va. We dont talk much. But when we do .We dont want to get off the phone.  She found me on facebook 7 years ago. We have only saw each other a hand full of times.  I really have to be more diligent with communication . I want our children to be closer to me and to each other. I will reach out today.

Rebecca S

May 28, 2017 - 5:09am

My father in law passed away a week ago, his memorial service was yesterday. My husband’s family, my family, and his friends and coworkers attended. Connecting with all of them gave me a deeper insight of what a wonderful man he was and the many lives he impacted, not only with just his family.

Java Diva

May 31, 2017 - 8:32am

I’m so sorry for your loss ❤️

Ida S

May 31, 2017 - 10:24am

So sorry.

Laura V

May 27, 2017 - 7:16pm

As much as I was looking forward to a relaxing 3 day weekend with my husband and 6 month old, I chose to take my baby to my grandmothers house to help plant flowers. My grandpa passed away a few years ago and company makes her so happy. I wasn’t thrilled to go, but I left feeling so much better!

Charlynn Avery

June 9, 2017 - 1:32pm

This is so wonderful!  And a great way to connect the generations doing something positive.  I bet your grandmother felt better too!  Love it.

Megan L

May 27, 2017 - 4:39pm

Spending time with my sister before she leaves for a year-long study abroad program in Ghana!

Holly W

May 27, 2017 - 12:57pm

I did a quiet meditation first focusing on deeper connections with others. I felt compelled to tell my husband how much gratitude I have for him and I sent some of my best succulent flower pics from a recent trip to a very giving friend in my neighborhood. I also gave positive work support to an instagram friend.

RACHEL T

May 27, 2017 - 7:34am

I reached out yesterday to someone yesterday after I thought about all the qualities in this person that I love and can learn from. It’s been a rocky road for us in the past but I’m more open to being with this person then to be without. I need support too and I feel good about my decision to reach out!

Martha M

May 26, 2017 - 5:38pm

I reached out to my son for support today. I almost never do that. It’s generally the other way around but today I needed someone. The funny thing was he needed me today, so in a strange way I helped him. I guess we needed each other at the same time. Karma!

Karen

May 26, 2017 - 7:41am

My brother and I really don’t get to see each other as often as we’d like. I reached out to him this morning just to let him know I’m thinking about him and that Inlive him. What I learned by this task is that no matter how busy you are, you always have a few minutes to let someone you care about know their missed and loved.

Jule Mae

May 23, 2017 - 3:32pm

Being a social person, I understand that it is hard through the busy day to day life to stay in touch with all those you care about. It was wonderful to pick up where we left off and reconnect with some old friends.

Sophia A

May 22, 2017 - 9:34pm

I felt a weight lifted off my chest and that all was indeed well with my friend and our friendship.

emle

May 22, 2017 - 4:58pm

It was nice to keep in touch with a long-distance friend. Nice task!

Jill S

May 23, 2017 - 12:15pm

Been sharing a lot with my brother lately.  We had lost touch for awhile but now spending quality time again.  Family is so important!!

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