Loneliness is hard not only on your heart but also your health. It is something that can slowly creep up on you without you even knowing that it is happening. People with busy lives can find themselves lonely because it isn’t how many people you speak to in a day that makes you less lonely, it is the connection you make while talking to them. One day I had to wait about 45 minutes in the mall to pick up my granddaughter, so I got a coffee and sat at a table with a complete stranger. We started talking and before we knew it we both had to leave. I don’t know her name, but even today I can remember how good I felt after we finished talking. We had made a connection, we had listened to each other and we had shared ourselves in some way. A stranger before and after, but a feeling I still remember. When we are little we are told “don’t talk to strangers” and we should always use our “danger” radar, but there are so many wonderful people out there. They are in front or back of you in the grocery line, sitting next to you at the doctor’s office, or walking beside you as you go into church. Say hello, make a connection and brighten their day and yours. The first hello is the first step to not being lonely. And always remember to CALL an old friend or relative and say “ Hi, I’ve been thinking of you.” They might be lonely too.
Austine Eversole, Chairman of the Board
Download The Full Shepherd’s Herald Newsletter:
Volume 3 Issue 1 – February 2017 In This Issue: Chairman’s Message – A 45-Minute Friend; 2016 End of Year Review; Tax Time Help and Scams; Volunteer Appreciation Party; Help for Hearing Loss; Upcoming Events; and Frequently Called Numbers in Arlington
What our clients are saying:
“Thanks so much to Robyn and her charming son for helping me over the two-day doctors care for my cataract surgery. I am inspired. I am so appreciative of what the Shepherd’s Center has done for me. It took a long time but I finally won with the hearing aid company. Thank you.”