For the past decade, I have been passionate about bringing women together in a spirit of friendship, unity, and authentic connection.
For me, this was a divine commission.
Together, women of all ages and in all walks of life have been reminded that we are not meant to walk this life alone, that we were made for connection, and that the small things in life are really the big things: eye contact, a friendly smile, a listening ear.
We also discovered the power food has to bring us together. Potluck dinners, lunch dates, and tea parties fed our bodies and nourished our souls. Surely, few things are as powerful as gathering together around a table.
No words can adequately express how grateful I am for the gift of the past decade.
Recently, my focus has shifted slightly from women to men, specifically boys and men and their need for emotional connection.
I feel deeply compelled to learn more about the innate need boys and men have to be listened to and observed, without judgment, so that they know that they are being heard;
to help them develop strong connections with family, friends, teachers, coaches, and other role models;
and to encourage them to talk about their feelings.
While women in our society are plagued with isolation, loneliness, and guilt, boys and men are drowning in isolation, loneliness, and shame, seeking happiness in ways taught by the world, the joy and fulfillment for which they ache remaining elusive because they are missing the most vital piece of the puzzle–emotional connection.
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What can I personally do to encourage healthy emotional connection in the boys and men in my life?
The answer to that question is what I seek, for the natural consequences of emotional connection are breathtaking and life-altering and will plant our feet more firmly on the path they need to be on as we prepare to welcome the Savior for a second time.
It’s time we say “goodbye” to shame, fear, isolation, loneliness, and sin, and “hello” to emotional connection, peace, true happiness, joy, and fulfillment.
It’s time to support the boys and men in our lives in becoming the heroes they were destined to be.
I would be most appreciative if you could help me with my “research” by answering the following question, posting it either in the comments below or in a PM. Thank you!
QUESTION: Can you tell me a time that someone–a teacher, a coach, or a mentor–made a positive difference for your son, husband, father, brother, or yourself (if you are male)?
In addition, it’s time we stop overlooking the positive impact boys and men have on our society. If you’d like, please post a link or share an experience regarding how boys and men are making our world a better place.
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