Are you Missing the Connection?

July 10, 2017

I remember riding in the car with a group of teens. One of the less popular members of the group blurted out, “Hey! Guess what happened to me today.”

 

I knew exactly what a civilized person would do. He would turn toward him and say: “What happened?”

But I didn’t want to say it. My grudging soul did not want to show any interest. I ignored him. The silence must have stung. No one cared what happened to him that day. My friend had invited us into his life and we had slammed the door in his face.

 

The same happens in our families. In the chaotic traffic of family life, we often honk and zoom past each other. We hardly even notice the people who matter most as we try to navigate our way toward our own goals.

 

I remember Haim Ginott telling a story about two parents and their daughter at a restaurant. The server came to take their order and asked the little girl what she wanted. “I want a hamburger.” The mother intervened: “She’ll have a grilled cheese sandwich.” The server asked the little girl, “What do you want on your burger?” The girl was startled and turned to her mother: “Mom! She thinks I’m real!” The server might not get a tip from the mother but she got gratitude from the child. {Continue Reading at Meridian}

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