By Dr. Ken Larsen
“Full many a flower is born to blush unseen, and waste its sweetness on the desert air.”
Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard by Thomas Gray 1751.
For me this verse struck me with sadness from the very first time I heard it. As life has unfolded I see evidence of the many unseen flowers trapped in the loneliness of our culture.
We all know those who are lonely, most of us have been there ourselves. When I’m in that place I find mental health and happiness more elusive.
I recently had some major surgery and was feeling lonely and a bit sad because of the forced inactivity of recovery. Then the phone rang. It was a call from a friend who is a media personality in her part of the world. What touched me and actually sent a jolt of joy through me is that she took the time to call and tell me she was thinking of me. This simple act of friendship and kindness changed the color of my day from blue to rosy red.
A call, a note, a smile, a friendly touch are all very welcome to us when we are feeling unseen and out of touch. Let’s reach out and brighten the day of someone we know or someone we don’t know to give them the boost they may need to reconnect with their mental health and happiness.