It’s common parlance in 21st century conversation to promise a response by saying…’I’ll reach out to you soon.’ And indeed, the promise may be kept and the connection made…or not.
Outreach is an older term that indicates a planned connection, usually for the benefit of the person or entity doing the outreach. Whether it’s a sales call, a marketing pitch, an invitation, or an information blast, outreach and reaching out are most frequently a mental construct with a specific outcome in mind.
Nothing wrong with that, it just seems incomplete to me. I plan my outreach and hope for the best result possible. These days, I’m opting for another approach…reaching in before reaching out.
When I take the time to reach in, refresh my memory of who I am, and look for what is mine to say or do in the quiet of my soul, my reaching out is whole and authentic. It takes some time, requires some quiet and often involves some mystery.
I choose to live that way. It’s both exciting and calming to my mind. I get stellar results, if don’t judge too quickly, and the outcome is often surprising.
I say, reach in before you reach out! It’s a gratifying way to live.
And that’s the problem for me.
unity of payson
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