I wonder how many people are feeling isolated today.
It’s an increasingly easy thing to slip into.
Maybe you find yourself staying home for days or even weeks at a time due to lack of access to social situations rather than a desire to be alone.
Maybe you aren’t contacting, or not being contacted by people even peripherally. The phone never rings and you aren’t inviting anyone to your house.
Maybe it’s a lack of meaningful, extended relationships – especially close intimacy (both emotional and physical).
If you don’t fight it, isolation can continue over years and decades can be a chronic condition affecting all aspects of a person’s existence.
Social isolation can lead to feelings of loneliness, fear of others, or negative self-esteem. Or in other words, life just plain gets bad.
The surprising thing to me is how quickly it can happen to people in the middle of apparent success.
You are making progress, doing the good stuff, having lots of accomplishments and then for some reason, the phone stops ringing, you just don’t feel like reaching out. Everything seems to fade away.
What do you do then?
Hopefully something. Hopefully with someone else.
The only cure for isolation is people.
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