Human beings are hard-wired for connection. Even the most introverted among us desire - at some level - to be seen and known by another. Entire industries have developed in response to this need. Websites promise to help us find our soul mates and social media platforms enable us to get - and stay - in touch with family and friends around the world.
But more often connections happen spontaneously and without professional assistance. That was the case last week, when a reader reached out after having read the Trailblazers profile of Lacey Chong. This reader has a thriving wellness business she thought might be a great fit for Lacey's Spa Swag for Warriors venture. I connected them to discuss their respective visions, and a partnership is percolating.
These types of serendipitous links happen all the time whether we realize it or not. While talking to a fellow yoga teacher earlier this year, I mentioned a monthly class I teach at a women's shelter in my neighborhood. It just so happened she was looking for an opportunity to give back to the community through yoga, and she is now in the process of becoming a regular volunteer.
We all have the potential to be connectors by listening to the needs and interests of those we encounter every day. Can you help a neighbor who is being transferred to a new community get settled by introducing her to a cousin who lives there? Can you arrange an introduction between a friend who is looking for a job and a colleague who is looking to fill a position?
Can you make a connection that will enrich both parties? Give it a try and see what happens...