I’ve begun to think of this project as slowly digging my way out of the prison or our hyper-individualistic culture. And if I can tunnel all the way out, and convince enough people to come with me, it could be the greatest jail break of all time.
Gradually, you will return to yourself,
Having learned a new respect for your heart
And the joy that dwells far within slow time.
When it comes to connecting, the smallest of interactions can yield big results.
Successful authors say you become a writer by writing. And when it comes to community, you become a connector by connecting. The magic is in the daily doing. This week I’m trying two new tools to help me stick to my goal of reaching out every day.
The minute we flag our busyness in a social interaction, we send a signal to the person we’re talking with that we don’t have much time to be with them—that we have important things to do and places to be, and that we’d better make it quick. This subtle cue cuts off conversation, isolates us from others, and insulates us from connection.
As I’ve set out to enact my 2019 resolution to become “the sort of person who connects meaningfully every day” I’ve decided to follow the advice of the habit scientists.
I plan to improve myself in 2019 by focusing on other people. I hope to make 2019 not the year of me, but the year of YOU. The year of rebuilding community in a hyper-individualistic world.