Make a connection

Who have you connected with today? Family? Friends? Co-workers? Note that I didn't say who have you spoken to today.

I said who have you connected with?

How many times a day have you walked past someone at work, at the shopping centre, wherever and engaged in the somewhat mandatory 3-second conversation of:

You: "Hi, how are you?"
Them: "Yeah good thanks - yourself?"
You: "Yeah, good."

WOW! You can just feel the warmth, the love, the connection that's being made there - right? I noticed this very exchange happening in my life quite often. Almost a year or so ago, I was at work and someone walked past me and proceeded to have the very exchange I mentioned above. However, I was in no rush - so this time after they gave the typical reply, I asked, "how are you really?". I stopped and waited for a reply. This is what they said:

"Actually, I have no idea how I'm going to afford to buy anything for dinner tonight. I have had so many bills come in all at once lately. I just don't know how I'm going to do it".

I was blown away by the raw honesty that I had just experienced. It's something that is so rare, because we rarely take the time to make a genuine connection. I appreciated that person's honesty willingness to be so vulnerable with me.

It is true that almost everyone of us is going through something. We all have our own battles to challenges that we are dealing with. Although, hasn't that always been the case? What makes it any different for us now, than say people in the 50s or 60s? I'm sure they had their challenges and troubles, but what they also had was a stronger sense of connection. A stronger sense of community. We are all exceedingly aware of how 'connected' we are these days through technology, yet as has been said by others before, I believe technology is also causing us to lack real, genuine connection.

Consider this blog post even. I am able to communicate with people on the other side of the planet in a matter of seconds. However, unless my words really move them in some way, have I really made a connection? There are an infinite number of blogs, websites, etc. on the internet, and more being added at an unbelievable speed. Does my voice break through the noise of all the other voices trying to make a connection - or is it just part of the noise? I'd like to think it's the former, because my true goal with these posts isn't to reach a million followers - it's to impact just one - you. Because I want to make a connection with you and help you to win at life.

Live you best life

James John.