Part of it was due to the long stretch of the cold season which turned my usual warm greetings and moments of connection at Gigi's School into hasty hellos en route to the nearest heated car or building, and part of it was due to a holiday season full of family time but slim on friend time, and part of it is just a product of being a parent with small children and giving most of my best energy to my littles.
But for a short while in January I felt extremely lonely.
The feeling started to build over a number of weeks, and then there was one day when I went out on the town and said hello to everyone, and felt connected to absolutely nobody, and that was the deepest day of the year. I went home and could not shake off the funk, until the evening when I dug out a heavy box full of relics from my mission to Japan, and found an old journal full of letters of love from old mission companions and friends. The power of that affirmation even ten years later was so sustaining, and had the immediate effect of buoying my spirits.
But being a person who tries to be in tune with myself, I have spent the weeks since then trying to make time for meaningful connection. My biggest therapy was my Valentines Gal's Night at the beginning of the month. Marcos took the kids out on the town to give us space to kick off our party, and when he came home (with the kids asleep in the car, dear man) he saw the joy on my face and said that I looked so happy I should do these parties every other month, at least. I agree. The combination of close friends (with whom I was due for connection time), the great conversations that we had that evening, the collaboration of Valentines snacks, and making festive crafts together was balm to my soul. I think that we all parted that evening with a new bounce in our step that came from having a boat load of fun with people we really liked. It was the best.
How do YOU get out of a funk when the season is growing too dark and cold and long?