Left Behind

I grew up with a fear of being left behind.  Whether in a grocery, in the classroom or on the field of play, I never wanted to be forgotten or somehow left behind and not able to compete.  I wanted to belong.  Not just be…but belong.

On this Valentine’s Day, I have been reminded how many people feel on the outside looking in.  Whether it is the loss of a loved one that hits home on days like this or the reminder that things haven’t turned out the way you had planned or hoped.  Maybe it’s time for a phone call.  Perhaps a card or letter of encouragement.  We have been placed on this earth to belong…and part of belonging is including.  And part of including is looking beyond ourselves.