There are times when we all feel lost. In our work, in the search for meaning in our lives, in searching for that special someone or that feeling we used to have in our relationship with another or with God.
It reminds me about one of my favorite childhood rhymes, entitled For Want of a Nail:
For Want of a Nail- a Rhyme
For want of a nail the shoe was lost.
For want of a shoe the horse was lost.
For want of a horse the rider was lost.
For want of a rider the message was lost.
For want of a message the battle was lost.
For want of a battle the kingdom was lost.
And all for the want of a horseshoe nail.
This poem reminds me that all of us are interconnected as is our lives and our losses.
What are ways that we can bridge ourselves to others and to reduce loss in our lives?
1. One of the first ways that I think we can do this is to interconnect with others. I think that if we connect and reach out to people in our families, our work associates and our communities we will feel and be more connected and part of the greater whole, and less likely to get or to feel lost.
2. Communicate your message so it does not get lost. Write, journal, send letters, email, speak to colleagues, friends and families at least a couple times a week. The joining of ideas are a source of connection, health, support and emotional reality testing and support building.
3. Tighten your nails. Look at your life and see what needs a little adjusting. Maybe it is getting a little more exercise, joining a church group or speaking to your spouse, children or reaching out to friends you have fallen out of touch with. Also be sure to thank people you are happy to be on the journey with along the way, and appreciate what you learn from them.
4. Stay on the path and help other riders do the same. Get a coach if you need to. Call someone, connect, relate and there are always people around you who are here to help.
5. Help meet small needs before they become great needs in ourselves and in our relationships. Acknowledge your forward motions and hard work as that of those around you. Praise and love.