It’s that time of year again. As a firm believer in the power of regularly assessing your circle, I've come to realize that self-assessment is equally crucial. I'm an introvert—or rather, my journey into introversion was a result of the protective walls my past traumas compelled me to build. Once I acknowledged this, I had to confront a pivotal question: Was I being the friend I claimed and prayed I wanted?
The truth hit hard.
😫 I wasn’t answering phone calls and texts.
😫 I wasn’t checking in on friends.
😫 I wasn’t showing up when invited.
Acknowledging these shortcomings was the first step. In 2023, I made a conscious decision to change my ways. I committed to scheduling regular dinners, lunches, or girls' nights out with a friend at least once a month. Sure, there were times I fell off the wagon, but the effort persisted, and I plan to carry it into the future.
Instead of seeking to cut people off, I shifted my focus to showing more love and appreciation for the tight but right circle I have. Life is too abundant to treat people as expendable. So, rather than viewing 2023 as a year of eliminations, I approached it as a year of intentional connections and healing.
Still a work in progress, I've recognized the need to be more open to new people. Baby steps, as they say. Life has taught me that people are not expendable; we need each other. If you find yourself lacking genuine love, support, and confidants, it's essential to introspect, because you are the common denominator.
In 2024, my resolution is clear: sow love to reap love. It’s a simple yet profound truth. Genuine connections thrive when nurtured with love, empathy, and authenticity. As I look back on my growth journey, I understand that it's not about cutting off those who may not fit perfectly into our lives, but about understanding that everyone has their journey.
The realization that I must give love to receive it has become my guiding principle. Life is a garden, and what we sow is what we reap. In 2024, my focus remains on cultivating a garden of love, compassion, and meaningful connections. #letshealtogether #growthjourney
So, as we step into the new year, let's embrace growth with open hearts. Let's commit to fostering connections that uplift and empower. After all, in a world abundant with opportunities for love, kindness, and support, there's no room for acting as though people are expendable. Here's to a year of genuine connections and abundant love. Cheers to 2024! 💕