In some ways we are a pretty simple species. We need to eat, sleep, drink water, and survive the elements. However, in many more ways we are complicated, not necessarily in a bad way, because we have so many other needs as well. We need connection, meaning, purpose, joy, love, mindfulness, confidence, compassion, vision, kindness, belonging, and the list goes on. Although we are familiar with these words and concepts, it doesn’t mean they are easy to master. We know we need connection, but we often do a poor job of reaching out and creating it. We know we need confidence, but we often pick ourselves apart more than we acknowledge our gifts and awesomeness. And just when we feel like we have grown in certain areas, life throws us curve balls and we have to adapt and grow in new areas. The pandemic has been, and continues to be, one of those moments that has forced us to either grow or regress. We’ve had to reevaluate our priorities and values. We’ve had to find new ways to take care of our mental and emotional health. And, we’ve had to wrestle with different points of view regarding what is real, what is not, and how we should all be handling this. And, now, as life is opening up a bit more, we have to relearn how to connect with one another. Literally. Are you a hugger, a hand-shaker, an elbow bumper, or a waver? Sometimes each day feels like the first day of being human again. Let’s welcome the challenge and be better than we were before. Being human matters.

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