"I Am Here"
“I don’t know how to socialize anymore.”
“I am feeling so alone.”
“I am introverted and I usually love to be alone, but I have been feeling like I need more social interaction.”
What are some common phrases that you have heard in the last year? While in your workplace, out for a walk, or in your home? These phrases follow us around in the current world, and I know that I am not the only one hearing the agony in these words. What are the current relationships you have in your life that are encouraging you to thrive?
This last year has been full of ups and downs, and I would be lying if I said that it has not been a large learning curve for me. I have faced some obstacles that have had unanswered questions. For me, these questions have sounded like, how do you build good and healthy relationships with people when you can’t see them? How do you build trust as an online presence? How do you comfort lonely people without being around them? How can we maintain these relationships and continue to support youth?
Unfortunately, this update has only unanswered questions at this point.
There is great difficulty in meeting people and building relationships when there are complications around spending time with each other.
I was sitting in an online meeting this last week, and there were some good reminders in there that I find so easy to forget in the current state of the world. Sometimes, it is hard to remember that the simple things are the things that are most important in building and maintaining relationships.
Things like consistency, honesty, and transparency.
So maybe I don’t need answers to these questions. The thing I realized is that I AM HERE to hear those phrases on the top of the page. Being present and consistent is something that is needed among the young people in our community. Even though I am still trying to navigate a lot of these questions, and find an answer that will suffice, right now, just being around and listening has been enough.
If you pray, please pick a quote from the top of the page and pray for the person that said it.
Thank you so much for the encouragement and care that you have provided me with. I am so so thankful for your support, prayer, and your kind words at this time. It really does make all the difference.