Not to put too fine a point on it but cultivating connection in a post pandemic environment is understandably difficult for so many people right now.

Unfortunately, it’s something that so many special needs families have been struggling with for a long time. We often have to break plans with friends, reschedule, make at home activities seem fun and desirable, as well as coming to the realization that it’s just not always in our kids’ best interest to be out and about. Cultivating connection can seem almost impossible. Now more than ever, we need friends who can support us. 

Connections and friendships can support our mental health and happiness, stability, mood, ambition, emotional range, personal growth, dreams, goals, boundaries and overall life satisfaction. A friend is someone that knows you, sees you and supports you.

If you are not intentionally spending time with friends, you are likely suffering. We all need people in our lives to encourage us, provide insight, information and inspiration. We need people to encourage us to chase and pursue our own dreams. When was the last time you spent time with a true friend. 

This community is about encouraging and empowering each other. We can’t always meet for lunch or happy hour, but we can take back our lives and find real connections with others who are on a similar journey.  I encourage you to reach out to a friend and make a plan!

If you don’t feel like you have people in your life who are appreciating you, lifting you up, being a strong shoulder, and also sharing their struggles with you, then let’s chat about what you might be looking for. The following questions will help you re-connect with both old and hopefully new relationships. 

What are your typical assumptions about people: positive, optimistic, fearful, cynical, good, interesting, smart, corrupt, bad, caring, helpful; What pre-conceptions are keeping you from connecting with others?

Who are the specific connections that have added value to your life: family, friends, coworkers, mentors, clients, intimate; Think about who you would like to connect with and why.

How do they add value to your life: support, adventure, fun, wisdom, caring, etc; When my girls were in Middle School, they would always say, if you want a friend, be a friend. Remember to give grace to those around us.

How well do you deepen these relationships: frequency, effort, expectations; More and more, this is happening online. What specific new or renewed connections would take your personal growth to a better place for you and your family?

As you answer these questions, I hope you will take time to reflect about what kind of friend you have been in the past. No judgement, but knowing our own strengths and weaknesses, taking a clear assessment and really being honest with ourselves will help you look for, nurture and form more meaningful connections.

I invite you to join us on our connection journey. If you are a parent of a special needs child, please reach out for more information on how our online membership community can serve your family.

4 thoughts on “Connection”

  1. 100% true. Really well said … thoughts to ponder! Sometimes it’s easier to just hide yet you are correct connections make life sweeter!!! Everyone deserves to be seen, heard, respected & loved for who they are. God created us each unique for a reason. Thanks for reminding us, we all have a purpose. 🙂

    1. I know there are so many out there who do not get the support that they need. I am so thankful for this chance to reach out and offer community to others who are struggling.

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