What are we not saying, that we should be saying? How many times do we forget to acknowledge those who support and love us? How many times do we take the time to acknowledge our loved ones who have been there for us through thick and thin… through good times and bad times? Isn’t it amazing that with all the technology and ways we have advanced in communication, we still can’t find the time to communicate with those we care about and tell them how much we appreciate them or love them? It’s sad, but true.
My father died from colon cancer just a couple of months ago. There are many times that I wish I had told him how much I loved him, and shared with him more of myself… my fears, my worries, my concerns. But instead, I put up a front and told him everything was alright when he asked about my life. I focused the conversation on his health and his struggles, instead of opening up about my struggles. I now realize that the simplest of things such as opening up and revealing ones vulnerabilities actually brings those who truly love you closer to you. It’s a very hard thing to do, and does require a certain amount of bravery, but in the end it can be very rewarding.
So, ask yourself if you are truly acknowledging those around you… those you love and those you care for. Are you telling them how much you love them? How much you appreciate them? Are you communicating to them how you feel about them? I can assure you that your assumptions that they know how you feel already are unfounded. You must go out of your way and tell them how you feel. You must communicate with them often and vocally if you expect them to truly understand how much you appreciate and love them. If you do not tell them, they will not know. It’s as simple as that. You must show them that you appreciate and love them. Call them. Write a letter or email. Send them flowers. Take some time to connect with them and show them how much they mean to you. What does it cost? How much effort does it take? And whatever it takes do it, because you never know when such opportunities to connect with them will end.
As 21st century human beings, it seems that the world is so cold and distant… especially in the U.S. Most of us live as neighbors with others, but barely know the people across the street. So don’t be afraid. Reach out. Shake hands with a stranger. Make eye contact and share a smile coupled with a cordial greeting. Give out more hugs. Give out more kisses. Call someone even if it’s not their birthday. Reach out and say hello and not just through Facebook. Say more, love more, and share more with those around you. What better way to declare to the world that you are a Spiritual Being than by acknowledging the amazing Spirit that resides in each and every one of us? So go ahead, make a connection… develop and cultivate your human relationships… and show those around you that you care and appreciate their role in your life.