Brené Brown has this to say about connection: “Connection is the energy that is created between people when they feel seen, heard, and valued; when they can give and receive without judgment.” How true this is! Think about the people you have the deepest connections with – aren’t they the ones that you are the most comfortable with, the most ‘yourself’ with? And aren’t they the ones around whom you feel really heard and appreciated? When you don’t feel seen, heard, and valued, any connection you may have will be shallow at best.
One of the greatest gifts that you can give someone is to be fully present for them. Really see, hear, and value them to keep that connection alive.