Are you someone who has made big changes in your life? Perhaps you're opening to consider a bigger picture and there's not a lot of people you can talk to about your experiences? It's natural to want to be around others who are also in a good space. Or perhaps you're struggling and could really use some support right about now.
It's clear to me who the friends, acquaintances, and others are that I want to share all or only certain parts of me with. So it's very important that I make time to meet with genuinely supportive people where I can bring all of me.
Connecting with someone can make our day, whether it's on social media, or at one of those old-school networking events, or meeting someone for a deeper conversation over coffee or lunch. However, for me, social media is not my first choice to connect with someone because typing into those little boxes and abbreviating myself is right up there with the time-weary 30-second elevator talk.
That's why a simple casual in-person meeting the other day meant so much to me.
All I did was get together with a couple of women for conversation and it was just what I needed.
In little more than one hour we shared what we're experiencing and traded information and ideas. We talked about how our work is going, what we've been learning, where our challenges are, and how we're figuring things out as we go. It was fun to honestly share that I truly have no idea what I'm doing and totally figuring it out as I go and yet that seems to be working really well for me.
Finding support is a little like the Three Bears story. As I'm out and about connecting with others, some connections are just not quite right, or too much/too little, or oh hell no.
Sometimes the best connections can come from the least likely situations.
I imagine the Universe rubbing it's hands together knowing that I'll be learning a lot about myself and others as I put myself out in the world more.
It worked out that I decided to meet with those two women because our connection was just right. Maybe it worked for me because I'm learning to listen with an open mind, realize that our experiences don't have to be similar, I no longer water myself down because it's not really an issue if someone doesn't "get" me or visa versa.
And I trust that the right people will show up at the right time, especially as we let go of our less supportive relationships. We all have some of those right? Are you letting go of the limiting relationships in your life to make room for more fun and supportive connections?