Creating Meaningful Connections

  • Dana Cruz
  • 11/25/20
If this year has revealed anything to me, it’s the importance of creating and nurturing meaningful connections with others. It’s ironic isn’t it? That during times like these where we want the comfort of having our loved ones physically close, it’s become nearly impossible.
I think about the possible and the impossible often. And how, even in the toughest of times, we’re somehow able to dig deep and reveal the resilience of humanity in big and small ways.
I think about my kids’ teachers and how they’ve gone above and beyond to maintain connections with students, whether it’s in the classroom or virtually.
I think about my extended family and how we’ve been calling and texting more frequently these days. And, knowing our Thanksgiving will look a little different this year, we’ve already made plans for lots of FaceTime calls.
I think about my colleagues and friends at work who are simply the most extraordinary partners. Over the last several months, as our industry has pivoted and adjusted to overcome things that may seem impossible, we’ve come to rely on one another for help. The reassurance I have in knowing I can call on them for assistance during this time of isolation has touched my heart.
Yes, there are most definitely people out there who are doing the impossible.
Did you happen to see the SpaceX launch? It’s always an impressive sight, but what struck me was the video of the astronauts’ arrival to the International Space Station. The cooperation, the teamwork, the open arms to welcome the newest arrivals on this mission, a mission which would have been implausible just a few years ago — inspiring. And by the way, the name of the capsule that launched these astronauts to space? Resilience. According to NASA, the astronauts chose this name in honor of the “enduring and resilient nature of humanity to persevere through difficult times.”
This has been a difficult year for so many. But the kindness and resilience of humanity reminds me that there is still so much to be grateful for.
Wishing you and your family a healthy and Happy Thanksgiving.

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