Using Creativity to Connect
Using Creativity to Connect
Exploring what we may not have considered…
How connected do you feel this year….right now? If like me, limiting contact is the norm along with a whole slew of “things” none of us have done for 10 months. Strongly connected is probably not one of your personal descriptors.
And even if we thought we may have lacked connection with others back in the spring, I think we could all agree that that was 1000% more connected than we are now. We just didn’t know any better.
So that’s right?!?! We have no option but to wait.
We casually connected, with whom we wanted and when, almost at a whim at times. But now the rules have changed. People and activities, the one we identify with, are no longer available. Frankly they are not right here with us. And the activities are not quite the same either by structure or by who is there.
Strangely, many who have relocated and those who have never moved out of the area are in the same boat. All of us one way or the other disconnected from many we know.
“Feeling connected” is challenging to say the least. So that’s right?!?! We have no option but to wait. Check…and MATE!
Or is it?
My busy has sifted away…
leaving me with what is important, important to me.
Over the past few weeks and really months, My busy has sifted away
leaving me with what is important. And what is important to me I have neglected off and on over my life, those I love and cherish. This is a bonus to this isolation.
With this revelation I realized I had both time and focus to correct that neglect. So, I am currently working to find creative ways to connect with them. Perhaps these will work for you too!
More than Zooming
Zooming seems to be the current norm. We use it for work, for school and even church. I have been networking with it and attending training classes. Over the last year, most of us have learned to use it and even depend on it. My folks manage it every week.
…yes a bunch of 70 and 80 year olds meeting at a bar…
Zooming allows them to see their friends. They then take it to the next level. Their happy hour group, on COVID lockdown, teed up trivia night. They play trivia now on Thursday nights. Rather than random conversations at a bar, yes a bunch of 70 and 80 year olds meeting at a bar, they are having game night. Through this focused activity they are learning more about each other. The game gets the whole group talking about one thing and that drives the connection.
My parent’s experience has led our three families to regularly play dice or Rummycube over zoom.
Shared experiences, deepen connection
Going forward we are organizing more zooming activities beyond games. The ides is to all do the same thing at the same time like art projects, who done it mysteries and maybe language learning.
Some of the ones I found are:
- Origami Money Rings – Instruction from Pinterest
- Tissue Paper Flowers – Instruction from Pinterest and supplies from me
(My sister and I used to get a new one at Six Flags every summer. They are HUGE)
- Paint and Sip – with Outside the Box Creation
- Hunt a Killer – Mystery Subscription Box
- Learn Spanish – or other languages with TalkBox.mom, interactive language learning for the whole family.
When we share an experience no matter in person or virtually, we connect. When we are actively doing they same thing ~ creating or learning ~ we connect even deeper.
Shared experienced deepen connection.
Going Old School
Back in the olden days, people used to use a pen and paper to communicate with each other. Yes, I know that is a foreign concept to many, but it is making a resurgence.
The extra time and effort then conveys
care and even love to those who receive them…
According to the New York Times, “the greeting card industry, which has slumped for decades, [is experiencing] a significant turnaround. This, I am sure, is due to our collective feeling of disconnection, which is amplified this year.
Sending a handwritten note these days is significant, because few of us send or receive real handwritten notes. The extra time and care then conveys care and even love to those who receive them, especially to our seniors.
Handwriting a note or sending a card takes time and effort. And in my case figuring out where the stamps are. This is why going old school means so much to those who receive them.
So beyond the holiday cards this year, consider a weekly or at least monthly note to someone you love or would like to reconnect with. That time and effort will not be lost on the one receiving it, because they probably cannot remember sending one out themselves.
Setting up Correspondence
I love receiving anything with my mother’s handwriting on it.
To really have an impact consider sending, a note card with a pre-addressed and stamped envelope. Request a return note at their convenience. This will create an intimate experience for both of you that will increase connection.
I love receiving anything with my mother’s handwriting on it. The stories and the writing itself, her writing will be with me all my years.
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Get Creative and Get Connecting!
These ideas may or may not be your cup of tea, but hopefully these ideas help you explore all the options and even create your own ideas to connect to your most treasured people.
Have a wonderful week!
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