Reach Out More Often

On this rainy day in Southern California, one of my favorite types of days here, I can’t help but think about how many friends I am so grateful to have in my life. Actually, this though occurred to me days ago and I realized that while I’m doing my own thing, I almost neglect my friendships.

Of course none of it is intentional and it’s not like I am cutting them out on purpose. Life happens. We, or at least I, get caught up in all the things I have to do day in and day out that by the end of the day my thoughts are not about my friends, but about trying to find one moment to relax. Or it’s about what I am about eat for dinner or about bedtime. And yes, I go to sleep really early by twenty-something year old standards.

Anyway, I was thinking about one friend and wondering if she was doing any better, and I realized that I hadn’t reached out to any of my friends in months. I may have even last reached out when I really needed some support when I was overwhelmed when I first got Pepper.

So I reached out. And I didn’t realize that this simple act could have such an impact.

I recognize that we all have our lives going on and we get so wrapped up in our heads that it feels like we are alone with all of our problems. Or we make our selves the bad guy in our own stories. So I just wanted to say this:

Reach out to your friends. Take the initiative to check up on them to make sure that they are okay. You never know what is going on and how a simple text could change their whole day. Besides, it feels so nice just knowing you made someone smile.

-Joss

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