I grew up with a fear of being left behind. Whether in a grocery, in the classroom or on the field of play, I never wanted to be forgotten or somehow left behind and not able to compete. I wanted to belong. Not just be…but belong.
On this Valentine’s Day, I have been reminded how many people feel on the outside looking in. Whether it is the loss of a loved one that hits home on days like this or the reminder that things haven’t turned out the way you had planned or hoped. Maybe it’s time for a phone call. Perhaps a card or letter of encouragement. We have been placed on this earth to belong…and part of belonging is including. And part of including is looking beyond ourselves.