Over the past few days, I’ve received a message Yes I am old but I saw Depeche Mode on stage shirt by T-shirtat after message from people longing to be seen. I’ve heard from lonely parents. Above and below this woman’s message are many more. The details are different, but the result is the same. The magnitude of aloneness is great. As I look at my inbox full of people looking for one person to welcome them in, I rack my brain trying to figure out how I can connect them despite being in different cities and continents. That’s when I remember a powerful strategy my daughter Natalie taught me a few years ago. Perhaps if each of us reading today can use and look for this sign, someone will not feel the magnitude of aloneness today.
At first, no one was talking, Yes I am old but I saw Depeche Mode on stage shirt by T-shirtat so I just started talking. I asked questions and if the person across from me was silent, I just talked. I shared things about myself that I thought might be interesting to them. After a couple of times, a boy started talking back. I think he is getting used to me. I think he just needed to see it was okay to talk to me. Now I am not nervous, and he is not nervous. I didn’t feel like eating so I clasped my hands together so I wouldn’t do anything embarrassing. It made me feel calm—like I was holding my own hand. You can hold your own hand and be brave, you know.