Welcome to this second issue of life Online, in which we bring relationships into focus by exploring the theme of Belonging. I feel that given where the world is right now, it is more important than ever that we take some time to reflect on those relationships we draw our strength from and give gratitude for the support and nurturing we draw from them. Over the past year, many of us have become increasingly lonely. Cut off and distanced from each other due to social distancing practices and, in the worst cases, through losing a loved one. Even the strongest of us, those that regularly seek solitude, have experienced moments of heaviness as periods of disconnection have lengthened.
For a moment, at least, let’s look past this tragedy and take some time to reflect. We could choose to see this as a time to reconnect with ourselves, understand and evaluate the ‘tribes’ or social circles we belong to, and remove ourselves from those social circles or relationships that no longer spark joy. It- Time for a relationship audit.
The starting point for this audit is, as always, to reflect on “self”. Do you know who you are and what qualities you offer to your relationships? What makes you feel that you belong? How do you let others know that they are valued? Where may your behavior or attitudes become a little more toxic? Now is the perfect time to get to know who we are beyond the busyness of life. We have created a few Reflection Moments throughout the magazine to guide you, so as you make your way through the magazine, grab your journal and take some time to reflect and record your journey.
Enjoy this blissful moment of reflection and indulgence.