Friends spend time with each other. This is a great way to care. It provides shared experience and mutual insight. It’s also expected.
The new norm is to send birthday wishes through technology. This is a lazy way to care. It requires very little from me.
Handwritten notes, meaningful gifts. This is a wonderful way to care. It takes loving effort and personal time.
To deviate from the norm is the hardest part; mental and emotional leaps don’t come easily when we are drowning in ourselves.
Once we learn to float, however, we have a crucial choice to make. After making it over and over, that choice will become our new norm—the new easy.
We can choose to ask for their time, add our voice to the chorus talking at them, or gift something delightfully enriching.