One of the changes that has come out of being in isolation is the ability to have quality time with friends and family. It’s not face to face, but it is on the phone or via Zoom/Face Time/Skype. Interestingly these conversations are much more intimate than ever before.

During the past week in particular I have had long, deep and meaningful conversations with several people including two dear friends. One conversation broke the three hour barrier, whilst the second was well over an hour. Both friends are living through the trauma of fractured personal relationships. Both are in isolation on their own, separated from their partners and children.

I’m glad that I had the time and the presence of mind to truly listen to them and their stories. In the past, if I haven’t heard from a friend for a while…someone who I know may be struggling, I usually send a quick text “RUOK?” I have decided that my behaviour must change. In the future, if I am concerned about someone, I undertake to pick up the phone, ask questions and listen to their answers. I want them to know how important they are to me.

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