Heart of the Matter: Connections Build Community

The connections we have in life affect us every day- even if we don’t realize it. Our relationships at home, work, school, and socially, make up a huge part of who we are. When certain connections are disturbed, it can cause anxiety, mood dysregulation, and several other issues that can negatively affect us. How do we maintain healthy connections, and how do we continue moving toward our best life- even if the important connections in our life are disrupted?

When I think of forming connections or relationships, it all starts with how you feel about yourself. Developing a deep connection with ourselves is one of the biggest keys to happiness, and it’s our most important, and longest lasting relationship. We all balance our own insecurities, boundaries, and needs with a desire to connect to other people, places, and things.

Connections build community. And in some ways, we are a center of connection in our community! One of my favorite things about working at JFS is watching someone make new connections with someone or something in their life, or just watching the happiness in the seniors at Golden Lunch Bunch who enjoy being together socially. We facilitate connections when a child meets their new mentor/chaver, or when a senior feels less isolated by receiving a visit from a Friendly Visitor or attending Golden Lunch Bunch. I love seeing these connections in our community and look forward to seeing many more!


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