The landscape of our lives seems to have changed in a year. How we engage with one another looks differently. A year ago, social interaction happened without any thought. Different places offered cultivation of in person relationships: church, work, school, recreational activities. Then it all changed. And we are still adjusting.
While we long for the return of sharing close space in such a way that our senses absorb our common humanity, seeking ways to stay connected is vital. We belong to each other.
This week, I have substitute taught Jr. High students via Zoom. Two weeks ago, I taught the same group in person. The venues have changed and the online version brings its own challenges. But one thing hasn’t: presence.
As we wait for everyone to log in, I take advantage of the minutes to connect personally. We are all craving routine, relationship, and a reminder that. We talk about all kinds of things. I find out a lot by asking questions and listening. The world sounds loud and feels overstimulated right now. Recognizing opportunities to be present with each other offers a balm to the soul.
Let us continue to seek out those seemingly ordinary moments that make up our days and turn them into transformational ones with a listening ear, a few questions, a nod, or a smile. Our methods of engagement may have changed but our ability to leave imprints on each other has not.
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