During a recent meeting of very creative people we shared our personal answers to this question “What has been your greatest take away from the experience of living through this last year in the atmosphere of the pandemic?” There was an obvious consistency in the answers. They all mentioned in some way that connection had become more important, more central to their quality of life, connection to people, family, friends, and colleagues, and connection to nature, and to common concerns of humans everywhere in the world. The significance of this for me is that, yes, connection is key to a happy, productive life but a thought arose in my mind as to its more significant aspect as being connect-"ing" as a process, and that it is also about connecting the dots. And this leads to the question “Where are the dots?”
I thought of my most important family connections and immediately pictured them on the world map as dots, one in Milan, Italy, one in Ottawa, Canada, and another in Toronto, Canada. In previous years, travel to those dots by me or those family members allowed and promoted the connect-“ing”. In the last year our family connecting process has adapted to the Covid 19 restriction in external movement by establishing an on-going email messaging system which included all family members in the address line of the emails so that information could be shared, reacted to, and keep all of us in touch and “connected”.
I then looked for and found other dots on that same world map in my mind, the dots that identify connections with close friends, colleagues, and internet contacts. The dots became more numerous and appeared right across the globe and identified all the connections involved in my learning and personal development study.
This prompted thinking about what learning is and how it can only occur through connection and by connect-"ing" the dots of desire, motivation, engagement, mindset, openness to new ideas, new tools, creative strategies, safe environments conducive to learning, and physical and mental well-being activities. All of these dots of learning are connected to opportunity to realize self-fulfillment and achievement of life purpose.
Connection or rather, connect-“ing” is the reason I moved here to my island many years ago. I wanted an environment in which I could experience more
connection to people, to my authentic self, and to nature than seemed possible in a cold, northern, indifferent urban environment.
Has the experience of the pandemic helped you to identify a strong need for connection? What and where are the dots you can see to connect in your
life? Please comment, share your thoughts, and add to the connect”ing”.