We live in a busy, busy world and it is hard not to get caught up the frenetic whirlwind that sweeps many of us through our days. Hours, days, weeks can go by and we hardly notice. But in my family, the one thing we try to remain true to is keeping in touch. My sons are deep into careers that they love, but I appreciate that they make the effort to stay connected amidst their busy schedules.
I remember one particular occasion ~ my eldest son was on a movie shoot in a remote location where there was spotty or no cell service. But one night I heard from him – he had found a building rooftop that got a signal and called. It was wonderful to hear his voice, to know that things were going well. It was a short call, no more than a few minutes, but when I hung up the phone, I was on cloud nine.
I thought about that call, the sound of his voice and the excitement I heard in it, for the rest of that evening. At one point I said out loud, “It was so good to hear Mitch’s voice.” My husband and mother were present with me in the room but I wasn’t really talking to them, I was hugging myself with my own words and the memory of his call.
The previous night, my younger son, Dan, had called and we shared a wonderful Skype chat. Our conversation made me feel the same way as Mitch’s call.
I asked my mother, “Mom, will I always feel so touched when I hear from the guys? Does it ever change?”
She smiled so lovingly and looked straight into my eyes, “No, dear. It never changes.”
I remember the look on her face and how moved we both were. These days my mother and I are not able to be together as we once were, so I call her every day. Sometimes we talk for a while; sometimes it’s a quick hello. But every time we say good-bye, my mom always, always thanks me for calling. I intimately understand how much it means to her.
Who in your life would feel hugged by a call from you – a parent, an aunt or uncle, an old teacher, an old friend, a brother or sister? It only takes 5 minutes out of a day to reach out to someone, while your thoughtfulness can turn into a heartwarming memory that lasts far, far longer than those 5 minutes.
Have you ever had the experience of having someone on your mind for a day or two? I believe that your Higher Self, your intuition, is asking you to give your attention to that person, whether it is in prayer or sending blessings … and why not go a step further. Call that person and say, “Hey, just wanted to say hello. You’ve been on my mind.”
I try to listen to these promptings, and my experience has shown that when I reach out to whoever has been on my mind, I discover that they are in need. Need, not of money or even time, but of just knowing that someone cares.
A simple call can be a giant act of love. Celebrate Valentine’s Day this year by reaching out to someone in need of a bit of care. I have a feeling you know who that person is right now.
Pick up the phone, send an email or text, use whatever technological device you have handy and reach out. Cyber hugs count.
Happy Valentine’s Day!