Reach out and touch someone.
No this isn’t a commercial for the phone company although one of them does use that slogan. I am talking about reaching out to your fellow man. And it can be via phone, email, txt or maybe even….get this now…..” in person”. Whoa that concept; reaching out to someone in person. The nerve of me saying that. I mean is it still possible or acceptable to actually reach out to someone in person? I think it is. But if you aren’t able to do it face to face try one of the other avenues.
For many years I kept my feelings locked up inside. Telling someone else my true feelings was not only hard to do it was frowned upon. My parents taught me that real men don’t tell people how they feel. Real men put on a front to look tough and to prevent anyone from knowing the real you. Real men don’t welcome others with a hug or a smile or any kind of friendly greeting because that lets your guard down and leaves you open for someone to get inside your safe zone.
That may be true but what am I really protecting in that safe zone…..”nothing”. The truth is it also prevents people from being your friend or reaching out to you in need. I have discovered that there are a lot of people out there in need. More now than ever before. And I am not talking about being in need of cash although a lot are. I am talking about being in need of a friend or someone’s shoulder to cry on. There are a lot of people out there just one step from giving up on life or ending it all. There are a lot of people who just need to talk to someone and have someone listen to them. And just knowing that someone out there cares enough to listen may change their entire life.
So I have decided to be one of those people. I have always listened to the problems of others but I have never really reached out to other to ask them if they are ok or if they are in need. We all have our problems in life but I think I have a little caring that I can share with someone else. And just maybe I can make a difference in someone’s life. I do know that if I don’t reach out and take that first step, I may miss an opportunity to help someone. And I don’t like the sound of that.