Conversation is the key

By Jordie Lynch

This week I want to discuss the art of conversation but first, I hope everyone had a sensational Easter.

It was an extra special weekend for my family as we celebrated dad’s birthday on Good Friday with our extended family in Yeppoon.

As we are still navigating such uncertain times that have forced us to love at arm’s length and made our sense of social connection feel fragmented, it was indeed a very memorable day.

I understand that as we continue to face ever-changing restrictions for the sake of our own and each other’s health and safety, it has placed a strain on how we maintain social connections.

I’m not necessarily speaking for everyone here, but many of us at one point will have (naturally) experienced a negative change in our social engagement patterns during this unprecedented global health crisis.

I know I don’t always give social media a great deal of credit but in times like these, my goodness it can be a crucial source of support. If we engage with the loving side of social media, the light of our screens can illuminate our path that leads us beyond our darkness.

It allows us a portal to reach out for help or guidance when we don’t know where to turn or are unable to actively surround ourselves with our loved ones.

One conversation, in person or online, can change our entire perspective on the world around us which can be pivotal for those of us who feel like everything is working against us or like people have turned their backs on us.

This pandemic has preoccupied minds but our people still love and care about us. Conversations can pull us out of a dark place and give us the hope we need to keep moving forward into better days.

I am beyond proud of the brave people out there who have reached out to someone, who have started tough conversations and offer to be there for others if they ever need.

You trigger a positive domino effect for the rest of us. Don’t underestimate how much talking can change someone’s entire life. We can break down major walls by delving into open, uncharted and unashamed dialogue.

Our recent health directive may have us wearing masks whenever we are out and about making us feel like we are all attending one big morbid masquerade party but a mask won’t ever deprive us of a kind heart, compassionate gestures, meaningful moments or critical conversations.

I am gravely concerned about the emotional walls we may feel conditioned to build around ourselves, cutting ourselves off in times of isolation and feeling like we are losing our sense of identity and self-worth in the process.

Don’t be afraid to start that important conversation, keep it going as long as we need and check in on our friends, especially the ones wearing a brave face.

Conversation is key to maintaining and improving our quality of life; a fulfilling life we all deserve to live.