We build too many walls and not enough bridges.  – Isaac Newton

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Morton Park, Wellesley, MA 2013

Bridge is a connection between one piece of land and another. One person and another. One person and a group. One group and another group.

In most situations, it is always better to build bridges than to burn or break them.

When a bridge gets too old or becomes weathered it may naturally fall apart. And that’s okay. A bridge, like a relationship,  exists for a reason, a season or a lifetime. But it all depends on where it is, what it is made of and who maintains it.

Luckily, we can rebuild bridges too.

In the past couple of years, I have focused a lot on myself and have let my bridges start to crumble. As a multipotentialite, a dreamer, an overthinker I lose sight of my relationships with my colleagues, friends, and family. I struggle to focus on one thing and become encompassed in the many skills I want to learn, problems I want to solve, places I want to visit, topics I want to explore and books I want to read. The social side of my four-fold life begins to dwindle … and my mental side takes over!

The truth of it is … is that we can’t truly reap the benefits of any of these things unless we have someone to share them with.

So I would like to apologize to those on the opposite ends of my bridges. I am going to try harder.

Today I read:

“I dare you to develop the fine art of finding, making and keeping friends by genuine giving of your time and personality to others.”

“…You can’t grow socially unless you help others grow also.”

~ William H. Danforth, I Dare You!

We mustn’t let our creativity, our career, or our stress keep us from being social. Share your thoughts and listen to others. In an act of reminiscence, networking, or just plain thoughtfulness.

Today I urge you to reach out to someone from your past or someone you see in your future. Give your time and personality to others because “A millionaire in money is nothing compared to a millionaire in friends.”

Whether it be a Facebook message, a text, a comment on a blog, an email, a phone call, or a good old-fashioned handwritten letter, the tiniest bit of thoughtfulness can make the world of difference.

Build them from scratch or rebuild and revamp. Take care of your bridges ❤

“The only way to have a friend is to be one.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

 

 

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