2021 Day 3: Connection

Until we can receive with an open heart, we are never really giving with an open heart. When we attach judgment to receiving help, we knowingly or unknowingly attach judgment to giving help. – Brené Brown, The Gifts of Imperfection

For true connection to exist between two people, complete presence with one another is crucial. This means slowing down, getting out of our heads, and really appreciating the beautiful person in front of us, accepting them just as they are in the moment.

Brené Brown’s definition of connection is this:

The energy that exists between people when they feel seen, heard, and valued; when they can give and receive without judgment; and when they derive sustenance and strength from the relationship. The Gifts of Imperfection

How many people in your life do you truly connect with? How do you show up in your own relationships? How do you feel when the person in front of you is interested in every single word you speak?

I think most of us could do better being present with others, and holding them accountable when they’re not present with us. You are just as important as they are. Do this with courage. With compassion. And reap the benefits that deep, meaningful connection provides.

Background photo by Tim Mossholder on Unsplash

Two colorful hands in a mural with a quote by Brené Brown underneath, “Until we receive with an open heart, we are never really giving with an open heart.”

Justin Langhorst @justajot