At Bridges Together, we often talk about the importance of a “circle of love.” Whether it’s the environment in which we grew up, what we have strived to create in our families, or what we are fostering with friends and colleagues, it is important for each of us to know in the depths of our beings that we belong, and that we are supported.
As we prepare to celebrate Valentine’s Day – which can seem so superficial – we must take a moment to reflect upon the people in our lives who bring us genuine love, joy, and compassion. As we try to respond to the suffering and angst that bombards us through the media, we must look introspectively about how we can be compassionate within our own “circles of love” and expand those circles.
We are pleased to present a little ray of hope – some ways that each of us can choose to foster a “circle of love”. Take a few minutes to:
- Learn some new terms like “relafriends” or “elder orphans,” as well as some of the art and science behind “circles of love”.
- Get inspired to start a meaningful conversation with questions like: If you could spend a day with anyone in your circle of love – someone who is alive or who has already passed on – whom would you choose? What would you do with the person? OR There is a famous quote by Urie Bronfenbrenner: “Every child needs one adult who is wildly crazy about them.” Do you have or did you have someone in your life who was wildly crazy about you? If so, tell us about the person. Do you or did you have a child in your life whom you were wildly crazy about? OR
- Explore more than a dozen activities related to our theme of the month “circles of love.” There are books and movies for people of all ages to enjoy, ones that showcase circles of love beyond familial ties. Create a spider web of communication. Spread love beyond your customary “circles of love”.
- Also included, a few ideas for healthy snacks that come in, well, circles!
- It is possible to reinforce circles of love in the places where we work and volunteer. Check out this list of some of the best practices in this category.
May this H2G help us cultivate a bit more love… because as Dionne Warwick sang:
What the world needs now is love, sweet love
It’s the only thing that there’s just too little of
What the world needs now is love, sweet love,
No not just for some but for everyone.
Lyrics by Burt F. Bacharach and Hal David