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No social awkwardness in Love
Shifting our focus from ourselves to loving others can take us far beyond just averting awkward situations.
I happened upon a podcast awhile ago that deeply inspired me. It was a conversation between widely acclaimed author and speaker Dr. Brene Brown and Dr. Vivek Murthy, recently reappointed as Surgeon General of the United States. During his first term as Surgeon General, Dr. Murthy traveled throughout the US and interviewed people about their health challenges. He discovered that the most prevalent issue among those he interviewed was a sense of disconnection and isolation. Dr. Murthy has recently published a book titled Together: The Healing Power of Human Connection in a Sometimes Lonely World.
In the podcast, Murthy mentioned approaching interactions with others with the intent to seek meaningful connection rather than validation for himself. He found those exchanges to be satisfying and to lead to healthy relationships.
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