Reaching Out before Acting Out
This Thursday is R U OK? Day. I love how purposeful this national day of action is. Within our individual and shared journeys of potential we all experience ups and downs, successes and challenges, opportunities and problems. As I've written before though, as we navigate all this complexity connection really is the glue that holds our humanness together.
"We don't build trust when we offer help. We build trust when we ask for it." - Simon Sinek
I consider myself very fortunate to be consistently reminded of the power of love, friendship and support. Whether it's a kind word, encouraging text, check in conversation, or belly laugh catch up, I'm always left grateful for those people in our lives who choose to be there in so many important ways. But asking for and/or offering love, friendship and support requires courage. But that courage to reach out really does pay dividends and can prevent us acting out in any number of ways.
"Social support is everything." - Jordan Knight
So, what we do next, individually and collectively, is up to us. It always is. How will you check in, with self and others, this Thursday on R U OK? day? And then how can we keep making this a practice?
"Storms make trees take deeper roots." - Dolly Parton