Why Deepening Our Connection with Other People Awakens Our Best Self.
Was it Sharon or Debbie? Or Suzy, maybe?
I used to be one of those people who struggle to remember names. I would not only forget names, but entire portions of a conversation. The reason? My mind chatter was so loud it made it very hard to listen attentively to others.
My mind chatter also prevented me from getting to know the new people in my life better. I rarely asked others questions that showed interest, and would find myself daydreaming during conversations. As a result, my list of acquaintances grew steadily throughout the years, but my list of close friends remained the same, and even shrank a little.
It was only when I was able to quiet the voice of the ego that I realized the treasure I had been missing by not getting to know others better and by not creating deeper connections with the new people in my life.
During the past twelve months, amazing new people have entered my life. Each one of them has enriched my existence in ways I would’ve never imagined. One of these people is Elizabeth Hamilton-Guarino, founder of The Best Ever You! Network and author of PERCOLATE: Let Your Best Self Filter Through.
One of the main lessons I’ve learned from Elizabeth and PERCOLATE is that connecting with other people is a must to become the best we can be.
Why is it so important to connect with other people?
We can enrich our life through personal connections. Reading books or attending lectures are wonderful ways to learn, but when we can learn so much more by interacting with others. Being exposed to the lifestyles, opinions, and life experiences of the people around me allows me to keep an open mind and to evaluate my personal choices.
Connection can be one of our most powerful sources for emotional comfort. I made this one of the core principles in my upcoming book because I’ve learned that when we allow ourselves to be vulnerable and to welcome the feedback from those around us, we realize we’re not the only ones going through a particular life experience. Relating to others acts as a protective shield against the negative effects of life’s greatest challenges.
Our connections can challenge us to be the best we can be. Connecting with people who live at high levels of awareness fills me with enthusiasm to better myself every day. By interacting with new people, I expand my network of friends who possess qualities I admire and want to have for myself.
If you decide to expand your circle of friends, keep in mind that:
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