A harmonious connection runs throughout life. John Muir
(1838-1914) described this harmony as “the beautiful
blendings and communions of death and life, their
joyous inseparable unity, as taught in woods and
meadows, plains and mountains and streams…”
Those who have experienced this unity are aware that it
is a divinely created love residing within their own
spirit–a love in which there is no separation.
We become aware of our unity with all of life when we
express our appreciation and respect for life. Yet, in
our busy lives, we often overlook the value of our
closest relationships. We wish our time away only to
miss our most valuable moments. Our connections with
other people are the cornerstones of these moments and
the life we experience.
How can we strengthen our connections with those
closest to us? Here are seven practical ways to realize
the unity which is ours to enjoy…
1. Build trust. Commit to living with personal
integrity in all matters.
2. Cooperate. Offer new ideas while respecting the
ideas of others. Always be helpful whenever possible.
3. Seek win-win outcomes. Deal with interpersonal
conflict in healthy ways, both personally and in your
career. A very good rule of thumb to remember is:
4. Forgive. Learn from the past and then let it go.
Give up the agony of resentment and blame. Allow life
to bless you through every experience.
5. Listen with Empathy. The most frequent breakdown in
our human connections is a breakdown in communication.
Listening is usually the first component to break.
6. Express Gratitude. Tell someone how important they
are in your life. Make a phone call or send a card to
someone you haven’t spoken with for a long time.
7. Enjoy Each Moment. Allow what matters most to take
precedence over what matters least. Give some time to
those things that would matter to you if this were your
last day on earth. Enjoy each moment that you spend
with those you love. Realize that each moment, once
past, cannot be recovered.
Ask yourself: How can I strengthen my connection with
someone today in a way that could make an enduring
difference in both our lives?
May your day be filled with connections of unity that
will make enduring differences for all those you know
Blessings and Success! 🙂
PS. Here is a wonderful flash movie from Gretchen
Rubin. Its message can change the way you view your
life and relationships. The movie is entitled “The
Years Are Short.”