“I have a lot of growing up to do. I realized that the other day inside my fort.”
– Zach Galifianakis
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Let’s be honest . . . have you built up a kind of emotional “fort” between you and others during these last few years? Most of us have. Perhaps as a platform for defense, perhaps as preparation for a future offense, with “walls” around it? The temptation to do so is great, doing so is mostly subconscious, but the consequences are significant, and not in a good way.
Whether at work, or at home or play, the usual social interactions we are accustomed to have diminished to our individual and collective loss. It’s both a sign and a source of stress, whereas the casual interactions we were so used to were always a source of stress relief. At work, social interactions have for many people become largely digital. Even shopping at your usual stores has gone largely online. And like muscles, emotional skills are subject to “If you don’t use it, you will likely lose it.”
Yet reaching over the “walls” of your fort can begin simply: a hearty “Hello” to friends or even strangers; picking up the phone to see how a distant cousin is doing is also a great first step. Sure, it may not be your habit to do that right now, but it’s worth trying it, and making a good habit out of it.
It’s good for you, it’s good for your job security, it’s good for your friends and family, and it’s good for your health, too. Maybe, just maybe, others will notice what you are doing, and follow you, to create a fun “parade” in the process.
This quote made me both laugh and sigh at the same time. It was submitted by Jacqueline D. of South Philadelphia, who “swears on a stack of Bibles, it is always sunny” there. Okay, Jacqueline, “anything you say,” and thanks for the great quote. Much appreciated.
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