The 3 C’s…Caring, Communicating and Connecting

Dear Friends,

Summer is here and I am excited to share the last C from the series on the 3C’s – Connecting.

At an early age, we learn how to engage with our parents by making eye contact, reaching out and holding their hands when we cross the street, or embracing in a loving hug – we Connect.  As we grow older, we prefer not to Connect with our parents typically as our friends become more important.  We make our families a lesser priority, and friendship and belonging become the greater significance.  As adults we return to the need to Connect with our parents and families as we mature in comprehending the importance of the family unit.  At B.R.A.I.N. we bring families together again after catastrophic events such as stroke, head injury, brain injuries caused by cardiac arrest, aneurysms and brain tumors.  We value the Connection of people reaching out to others for support, for courage, for assistance and for the intrinsic need of wanting to belong.

Sherry Turkle, a psychologist and professor at M.I.T. wrote in the New York Times (April 22, 2012) that people use technology to avoid conversations, to get quick answers…to live “alone together.”  How true and how sad is this reality of the “modern” way to Connect with one another.  I place a high value on personal face to face Connection.  I love to see personal Connection over a cup of coffee rather than texting as a means of Connection.  I will end this newsletter with a quote from Henry Melville:

“We cannot live only for ourselves.  A thousand fibers connect us with our fellow men; and among those fibers, as sympathetic threads, our actions run as causes, and they come back to us as effects.”

I hope to see you at our new office in Cypress!

Sincerely,

Angela Mandas, MA CCC
Speech Langauge Pathologist
F.B.I. Facilitator
Newsletter Coordinator

One Comment

  1. Brillant Angela! Your words are so very helpful. CAN I please join your mission to help those with TBI? Perhaps over a cup of coffee in the Claremont Village?
    Sincerely,
    Beth McNamara

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