Archive for: Human Connection

Love in Any Color

If you live and breathe in the 21st century, you are regularly bombarded with differences in people, culture, work, and play. What do those differences mean to us? Do they divide us? Do they teach us about each other? Do they enrich us?

Friendz

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Best Friends

We all have many pairs of ‘glasses’ that we can choose from as we look out at our world. As we learn to see things through ‘glasses’ of acceptance, peace, and love, our world becomes richer, we become more compassionate, with a broader view of what it means to live and respect other fellow earth travelers.

Wear these ‘glasses’ often, and when you die, you will know that you have really lived!

Cupid Lowers Death Rate!

A Finnish study from the European Society of Cardiology was released just in time for Valentine’s Day!

Cherub

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If you are in a committed relationship that is working for you, you have already made a positive choice for the maintenance of your honey’s health—as well as your own.

The Finns have shown us that if you are married, your chances of dying from a heart attack are cut in half! This held true for both men and women.

When you really think about it—we shouldn’t really be all that surprised. Human beings were designed to connect. In committed relationships, over the long term, married couples have the choice to achieve a comfortable give-and-take rhythm to their lives which provides companionship and a degree of solid, trusting predictability that nourishes both partners.

Photo courtesy of http://www.sxc.hu/photo/1337680

Photo courtesy of http://www.sxc.hu/photo/1337680

My musings remind me of a very, very sweet and basic truth—the philosopher in the Book of Ecclesiastes says,

9 “You are better off to have a friend than to be all alone, because then you will get more enjoyment out of what you earn. 10 If you fall, your friend can help you up. But if you fall without having a friend nearby, you are really in trouble.11 If you sleep alone, you won’t have anyone to keep you warm on a cold night. 12 Someone might be able to beat up one of you, but not both of you.” Ecclesiastes 4:9-12, Contemporary English Version

May the sweetness live on!

http://www.escardio.org/about/press/press-releases/pr-13/Pages/marriage-reduces-heart-attack-risk.aspx?hit=dontmiss

Everything is Beautiful. . .

A long time ago, I had the opportunity to tour the old Dammasch State Hospital, the largest psychiatric hospital in Oregon. I was still an undergrad student and my impressionable mind was wide open. Our group leader led us into a day room filled with people of varying ages who were obviously out of touch with reality. I admit that this experience was a shocking first-view for me. As we spoke to the residents there, shaking hands and interacting, suddenly I was completely overwhelmed with emotion. Background music was playing, and I was astounded as the loudspeaker began to play “Everything is Beautiful in its own way. . .” I began to tear up as I looked at all these people who had basic human needs similar to my own. They needed affirmations; they needed interactions; they needed basic human contact.

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Image credit: designpics / 123RF Stock Photo

I have never forgotten that experience, and any time I happen across this song, I recall that day vividly. It reminds me to be grateful for the blessings I have in my life. It reminds me how important it is to offer respect and love to everyone I come in contact with—especially those who have been dealt a hand with no aces.

Human beings were not designed to live in isolation. John Donne admonished us that, ‘No man is an island.’ When I view our world as a part of our larger universe and realize that we are all connected by the breath of life, it reminds me not to judge my brother or my sister.

Gratitude encourages us to hold positive thoughts for others. It humbles us to be reminded of our own imperfect humanity, and keeps us from passing judgment on those in whose shoes we have never had to walk.

Play the song that is bound to a vivid experience I have never forgotten:   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0a45z_HG3WU