Feeling Connected...

“At the heart of each of us, whatever our imperfections, there exists a silent pulse of perfect rhythm, which is absolutely individual and unique, and yet which connects us to everything else.”
George Leonard (1923-2010);

This is the year of the journey, the year where a single step may move mountains. The last year was difficult...sometimes one has to be fully broken into a million little pieces before put back together, fully isolated before being able to be with others. Sometimes being in the deepest place is the first step toward climbing back into your life.

Connectedness is an unusual phenomenon..If you really think about it, the feeling of closeness, invisible ties binding together strangers who have become some sort of family can be an odd and unusual thing. We seek closeness with others, seek the feeling of a makeshift family, when one may (or may not) already have deep connections. 

Tonight I was watching a special on the Macaque monkey, which is slowly becoming extinct. The group dynamic was powerful. A strong male overcoming another to become the primary male...the females grooming the new male in an attempt to quell the chaos. So much of our daily life can be this way...dynamics changing, choices to be made. Navigating these social land mines can be exhausting, drive us into isolation. How, then, do we move forward? How do we move to a place where we can feel connected again, holding hands of those we trust and rely on? How do we build our raft, like the otters do, holding tight so that we are protected against the impending rocks? 

Feeling connected...a crucial part of being human. Relationships are laden with hidden codes, potential potholes...we navigate these so that we may feel connected.


  1. So true, Shannon! I grew up over 1,000 miles away from grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins. My parents made sure I had "adopted" family members in our church community. My longing for connection probably is why over 60 years later, I research ancestors. I need to know I am a part of something bigger!

    Thank you for a thought provoking post!


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