On my Facebook page today, a friend posted that 12/12/12 is the day of interconnectedness. It is a day to think about how we are interconnected. I have been contemplating all the connections in my life and how much richer my life has become as I reach out and make a point to make connections.
This year, we traveled to Oregon and were able to make connections with 3 vineyards that are being run by people we knew more than 20 years ago. We had an amazing time tasting the wine, talking about old times and having interesting "connections." In August I was able to connect with some high school friends I haven't seen in ages and in October I spent some time with my oldest friend in Albuquerque.
Connecting isn't for the faint of heart. I have reached out to many old friends and sometimes old friends should in fact continue to be just that. We simply don't have anything in common now. But with most of my old connections, I am foraging new friendships. They add a depth of history and nostalgia to my experience that is more rich than I could have ever imagined.
For me it takes a special kind of bravery to connect with old friends. There is always the question of why we didn't keep in touch in the first place. There is emotional risk that maybe we aren't in touch because the other person didn't want to be in relationship with us anymore. We are planning a trip to Europe this summer and we are reaching out to old friends to see if we can connect while we are there. We hope our overtures will be met with joy and excitement. We worry that people really won't want to hang out with us after all. We expand ourselves by hopping over edges and facing our own insecurities. We become deeper human beings as we grow and learn and expand.
My heart has been touched my connections with my friends around the globe. You are a blessing in my life and I look forward to many more "connections" over a bottle of wine or a dinner that lingers into the night. Your thought ignite my thinking and your vulnerability and humaness leave me speechless. Blessings to all for connections during this holiday month. I am happy to be interconnected with you.