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Read and Ponder

Common threads—we, as human beings, are wired to be social. Our desire for social interaction may vary—some people like interaction more than others—but for the most part, human beings have a need to feel that we are part of something bigger than ourselves. Just look at the literature—positive social connections have been shown to strengthen our immune systems, help us recover from illnesses, and perhaps even increase our chances to live longer. Other studies have determined that lack of social connection can hurt our health more than obesity, smoking, and high blood pressure. Connecting—and the quality of it—matters.

The posts in this section are similar to conversations that I’ve had with family, friends, acquaintances, and even strangers. Our kids might argue that this is proof that I talk to way too many people. Sometimes, though, it’s a lot less threatening to talk with someone that you don’t know, and assume that you’ll never see again—you may feel free to be more open, and they may be able to hear your comments without the baggage that an existing relationship carries. I urge caution when talking with strangers, though, because for better or for worse, we never really do know who we’re talking to.

Reading these posts may inspire you to write down your own experiences—and that is something that I wholeheartedly support. Whether you share them or not, writing can be cathartic. Your pieces can also become keepsakes, ensuring that the thoughts and ideas that are fresh in your mind now, remain that way for a long time.

While I have written most of these posts, I am delighted that our daughter, Lael Gibbs, is also a contributing writer. Be sure to check out Lael’s Corner. In the meantime, here are links to some of the content in Let’s Talk—-Back to Work—-Career 3.5, Realizations 101—-Who Did You Really Turn Out to Be,? Friendships That Beat the Odds, New England Meets Southwest Florida, and The Gardner’s Apprentice.

Thanks for stopping by!

Until next time,