Inspirational Readings on Loneliness

Day 1 of 40

It’s a funny thing . . . even in today’s uber-connected world, many of us struggle with loneliness. Our chaotic schedules and immense to-do lists can often prevent us from having the relationships God intended for our lives. Sign up to receive daily inspirational messages on coping with loneliness.

Day 1:  Pay Attention!

Practice the art of listening and paying attention to others in order to cultivate connectedness.

“The most basic and powerful way to connect to another person is to listen. Just listen. Perhaps the most important thing we ever give each other is our attention. . . . A loving silence often has far more power to heal and to connect than the most well-intentioned words.”―Rachel Naomi Remen

In our hectic daily routines, it is oh-so-easy to miss one another. Maybe your computer screen or an endless to-do list is getting in the way of connecting with people in real life. We each can become so productivity-focused that we forget to acknowledge and appreciate the person right in front of us.

Newsflash: the task list will never end—your to-dos will be there tomorrow, no matter the attention you give them today.

Relationships, on the other hand, require attention and cultivation to become lasting. A little energy invested in them today will cause them to blossom and grow more secure.

Taking the time to connect with another person (unlike your cold and lifeless checklist) will create warmth, peace, and rest—not only for the one to whom you’ve paid attention, but for you as well.

Consider This:

  1. What tasks easily distract you from paying attention to those around you?
  2. What would it take for you to throw off the “tyranny of the urgent,” stop for a moment, and give some much-needed attention to a relationship?

Take Action:

Make a point of sitting still next to someone with nothing in your hands beyond a favorite beverage (no phone, no TV, no computer, etc.) for ten minutes each day. Give them a simple greeting or ask them one question. Then sit back and allow them to use the space to talk if they so choose. If not, be content to sit near them in silence, with gentle attention. Consider incorporating this type of action into a daily practice.

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