Do you like your space?
I like mine. And I recharge my proverbial batteries better and faster every time I spend time alone, away from everyone else.
During the pandemic, I treasured these small joys: No more broken physical boundaries during jeepney rides because of the #workfromhome setup, no more small talk at the office water cooler, no more awkward nods and smiles to strangers at church pews.
While every other part of our global situation sucked then, this was the part I loved. Or at least that's what I thought. After being cooped at home for so long, I eventually began to feel moody. Lonely. I felt disconnected from my haven't-seen-in-a-while friends.
Surprise, surprise—the introvert actually missed hanging out with humans!
So recently, I've learned to appreciate the rare moments I get to spend with my friends and I'm working hard to NOT cancel plans once I've given my "yes." No more flaky Kish! Hopefully, this will stick and I'll get better at keeping my promises.
If you can relate, here are two of my favorite excerpts from the book “Ikigai: The Japanese Secret to a Long and Happy Life” by Hector Garcia Puigcerver.👇🏼
“the keys to longevity are diet, exercise, finding a purpose in life (an ikigai), and forming strong social ties—that is, having a broad circle of friends and good family relations.”
“Okinawans live by the principle of ichariba chode, a local expression that means “treat everyone like a brother, even if you’ve never met them before.” It turns out that one of the secrets to happiness of Ogimi’s residents is feeling like part of a community.”
Journal prompt: How can you nurture your relationships this week? Whom should you give a call or catch up with?