Five Minute Friday: Connect

Around here we write for 5 minutes on Friday. I love today’s topic as I have been learning how important it is to “connect.”

© Joy Cannis and Even A Girl Like Me, 2012

I tend to forget how important connecting is until I am in desperate need of it. I go about my day feeling ostracized (usually by my own doing.) At times it takes a close friend with genuine concern, inquiring about my feelings to snap me out of it and make the needed connection.

As a woman especially, I have a heightened sense of urgency to be and stay connected to other women who are a source of encouragement and beauty in my life. Those whom I can share openly and honestly with and they will point me back to God’s grace.

I watch my children play and interact with each other and others. They have no problem connecting when they need to. And it can be as simple as, “Hey, wanna race to the deep end?” that re-establishes the community that they share.

For us it may be asking a co-worker, “Wanna grab lunch?” It doesn’t always have to be a deep, emotional conversation/connection. The important thing, for me anyway, is remembering that we were created with a need to connect.

Whether it be with my husband, children, friends, or co-workers I use this word as if referring to a life source, because it is.

Who will you connect with today?


14 thoughts on “Five Minute Friday: Connect

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  2. It’s hard to juggle everything and have meaningful relationships with friends, too! I know it can be done, it’s just so hard sometimes when energy is gone at the end of a day.. 🙂 But you are so right!

    And I love the picture 🙂

    • I LOVE this picture too!
      I am either going to burn a CD or put everything on a thumb drive and give to you and Chris. There are so many adorable pictures of y’all!
      I’m thankful for your friendship! It is definitely one that I will work hard to keep 🙂 There is too much invested not to. But yes, I know what you mean about the lack of energy at the end of the day. I am grateful that my girlfriends understand when they don’t hear from me (especially by phone) but we pick right up where we left off when we see each other. Good stuff…blessings galore!

  3. I’m slowly learning how to connect with others, too. I see how important it is to have meaningful connections with other believers who can lift you up and stand with you in your times of need. We are never as alone as we sometimes think we are.

  4. Thanks for “connecting” with my blog. I hope you found something useful on it. 🙂

    It is funny that you mention it as being a need and how we forget and separate ourselves. I had a lunch playdate with a friend today and we talked about this. I do the same thing. I isolate myself. Not because I don’t want to connect but because I get wrapped up in life. And as a stay at home mom that can have a detrimental effect on me. Thank you so much for your words of encouragement!

    • You are so right!
      It can be detrimental for me as well.
      I tend to withdraw and isolate because I’m usually really positive and upbeat. Having a name like Joy is a lot of pressure. (I know how ridiculous that sounds!) So it’s hard for me to reach out when I’m not feeling very joyful.

  5. I like to make connections. I like to know I make an impact on people’s lives. Sometimes I get frustrated when it feels the only time someone wants to make a connection with me is when they need something. I like to know that someone wants to connect with me when they do not need something from me. I guess I need to watch and make sure I do not make that mistake towards others myself.

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