This week I struggled with something I really wanted to put out there. So I won’t force it. There are plenty of times (more than we allow ourselves to believe) we don’t have to say anything at all. Just being there is enough. Being present, sitting beside someone, letting them know you are there is meaningful. We have all these outlets to ‘not be alone’, the never-ending social media to ‘stay connected’, and yet the feeling of loneliness is still alive and present.
My husband and I are relatively quiet people. For our wedding song I chose (yes me, not we) When You Say Nothing at All from Notting Hill, which we do both love. This line is so powerful to me. We don’t always need words to let people know we care and are in their corner. A look, a wave, a pat (don’t do that now), to acknowledge someone, to let them know you see them can be significant for the receiver.
During this holiday time, which can be hard even in a good year, is especially lonely for some. PS, you don’t have to be alone to feel lonely. So instead of trying to come up with a story to share, I will just say, “I am here”. I am a listening ear, a smile, or an emoji hug. Your presence (or emoji text) of letting someone know you are thinking of them makes an impact. Don’t be afraid to connect with people because you don’t have “something” to say. Happy Friday Eve!
“Saying nothing sometimes says the most.” ~ Emily Dickinson
Happy Holidays! I look forward to continuing to connect in 2021!