It occurred to me the other day that there is a pervasive sense of loneliness that has permeated the very fabric of our lives. I was thinking about my childhood and how the neighborhood used to get together for large cookouts, kickball games, softball in the street and red rover in the backyard. I don’t think anyone had a lot of money in those days but when we all came together and brought hot dogs, hamburgers and side dishes, it felt like we were rich. And we were rich, rich in friendships and connection throughout the neighborhood. Now, I am just as guilty as the next person. When I arrive home from the day, I hit my garage door opener and drive in as the door slowly closes behind me. I have been traveling so much these days that I have limited interaction with my neighbors. Some I haven’t spoken to in months and others I never see. What I have found through numerous conversations in airports and on planes is that I am not the only person feeling disconnected at times. The one thing that keeps coming up in my conversations is social media. Initially, there was a thought that we would feel more connected because of the internet, texting, email, Facebook and twitter. The reality is that folks are feeling less connected and barely pick up the phone or have a face to face conversation with each other. If you are using the internet as an artificial way of connecting, then it may create more loneliness. If you are isolated due to a disability, the internet may be a great way of connecting with the outside world. I want to encourage you to begin today with at least one real connection in the world. Contact someone that you haven’t spoken to in awhile or call that person you have been wanting to get to know. It just takes one call. See where this takes you on your life journey. It may be the call that sends you on a trip of a lifetime.