8 HUGS, 4 children, 1 2-month old infant, 3 adults (1 husband, 1 neighborhood friend, 1 childhood friend (new mom))
I wrote on Day 40 about communities and how important they are for our survival. We are all connected as part of one large community of human beings. Since starting this blog I feel so much more connected to this community. I do think that touch is an important part of this community and that is why hugs make such a big impact. A faithful follower and beautiful writer recently asked if the reason for this is because with our touch we are saying, “you’re important to me, you matter, you have worth, etc”. Yes, I believe that is a big piece of it. I think that is why so often when I ask for a hug people immediately stop what they are doing, look me square in the eyes and search for the truth behind my request. “What are you really after?” “Do you mean me?” “Are you really serious?” The answers they find in my eyes are, “I’m after a hug.” “Yes, I mean you.” “I don’t joke about hugs.” (usually) I believe this is why in 72 days I have only been denied twice. When someone recognizes the truth behind my eyes, I visibly see the walls come down and the recipient feel that basic core community need. A hug takes place, love and joy replaces fear, doubt, confusion and anxiety for both of us.
My desire to write about community today came about because of an incident that happened in my neighborhood. A neighbor was involved in a car accident yesterday. Fortunately he is ok, but it happened in another state and his wife had to get him as his truck will likely be considered totaled. I help to take care of their dogs occasionally during the day so I quickly agreed to help out as much as I was needed. Today, speaking with my neighbor, she let me know how much she appreciated knowing that her dogs were in good hands and she didn’t need to worry about them because of the faith that she has in me. I agreed that with so many of us around here with no family, friends and neighbors are all we have and we need to be able to rely on each other. I think this goes so much farther beyond our neighborhoods. As humans, we need to be able to feel connected with each other, encourage each other, help each other. We all belong to this human community, I pledge to forevermore contribute to it. Hugs are such a great place to start. I hope you will join me.
Please accept this blog as my virtual hug to you.