Why is it that reaching out for a bid for connection with others can take so much courage? I recently attended a conference where I knew few people. It takes courage to reach out to complete strangers. One of the greatest gifts of the workshop was the connections that came from the intentional and courageous “reaching out” to others over the week. Even in everyday life with familiar people, have we reached out to a co-worker, a neighbor, a family member, a friend? We can simultaneously hold our hesitations and our intentions to reach out. We can walk forward in courage with open hands and open hearts.
Our greatest glory is not in never failing —
but in rising up every time we fall.
—Ralph Waldo Emerson
Thought to ponder: If I could be “gifted” an extra dose of courage, what would it look like in my friendships?