One way to live a connected life is to stop compartmentalizing all the different pieces of our lives and really live. A second type of connected life happens when people value the people in their lives. Since I share a bit of myself as a person with people in different parts of my life, they’re often willing to do the same. For example, I learned a lot about vegetable gardening from two of my students this spring. I’m learning things about writing from a fellow Toastmaster’s club member, and another knows about gardening, and so on.
Beyond just the knowledge gained, friendships are built on shared interests. Those connections are what keeps us going, because in small ways, those friends share in our struggles and goals. And it’s a fair exchange when we also spend some time talking about the things the other person is interested in.