We need each other

February 20th, 2008

When I was younger I was a bit of a loner. This was shaped partly by the fact I was suffering from severe Rheumatoid Arthritis and was in chronic pain most of the time. I found that severe pain had a way isolating you from people both physically and emotionally.

The older I get though, the more I see the importance of community and genuine relationships. We need the support of those around us and we need to be a support to our friends and loved ones in their times of need too. We also need to keep an eye out for workmates or neighbours who might be struggling too.

If you have a tendency to be a loner, I would encourage you to seek out people that you can share with and find genuine relationships. Please make the effort to reach out to someone or a group of people. Taking the first steps can be hard, but it is definitely worth it.

Here are some questions to think about:

  • Who is someone I can honestly share the ups and downs of life with?
  • What support networks have I got in place for times when I am struggling?
  • Are there any people in my life that might need my help or support?
  • Who is someone who can pray for me when I need help?