One note does not make a symphony; one artist does not make an orchestra, but one phone call can make a world of difference.
My wife and I have been delivering Meals on Wheels to the homebound and seniors across Tampa Bay for over a decade. And like many, we learned very early on that it’s not simply about the food. It’s about social contact. It’s about putting the food aside to listen. Because so many of our recipients have little or no other contact with the outside world. So we provide nutrition to their bodies with a balanced meal and nutrition to their souls with the priceless gift of genuine connection.
During chaotic times like this, so many people across the globe —homebound, seniors and others less fortunate feel isolated, scared and more alone than ever. And let’s not forget friends and family we just never seem to have time for —even in good times.
So let’s rise above the chaos, emails, and texting to stop the music with the kindness of an actual phone call. Not a planned one. An unexpected/surprise one. And before you hang up, and no matter what you discuss, please take the opportunity to close with two simple but ever so powerful words: YOU MATTER.
So, stop what you’re doing, take a break, and make that call now – you’ll be glad you did. And who knows, maybe it will be habit-forming?