Who’s been feeling a bit lonely lately?
Maybe it’s an extrovert who’s missing their work friends and social life, someone who’s had to quarantine or isolate themselves, or someone who has lost a special companion (whether human or animal). Check in with them, see how they are and let them know you’re here for them.
Who could use a virtual hug?
Get in touch with someone who’s been going through a tough time and just listen to what they need. Maybe it’s someone to vent to or share ideas with or to help figure out how to approach a difficult conversation—or maybe they just really need someone to quietly listen. Let them know that whatever it is, you’re there for them.
Who has been on your mind?
If you’ve been thinking about someone a lot—worrying about their comfort or healing, wishing them success or other blessings—let them know. You may not be able to be there with them physically right now, but that doesn’t mean that you’re not right there by their side spiritually, cheering them on and supporting them, no matter what.
Who’s dealing with family issues?
Families can be a source of immeasurable joy, but also a source of problems. Issues within a family, from fertility struggles to emotional conflicts, relationship ups and downs and the general challenges of raising kids, are some of the toughest to deal with, and can be isolating, as they’re also some of the hardest to talk about. If someone trusts you enough to share these things then a gentle reminder that they’re loved and valued and have your support will go a long way.
Who’s not been feeling so great recently?
Do you know someone who’s been ill, is in treatment or is recovering? Check up on them and see how they’re doing. You could pop a strengthening treat on their doorstep, send a thoughtful card or give them a call and let them know they’re in your thoughts. (While you’re at it, you could check in on their carers to see how they’re doing too… and maybe offer to help out where you can?)
Who is starting a new chapter in their life?
Who’s reached the end of an era? Whose life is in a bit of a spin? It could be an exciting new adventure or an unwelcome but necessary one. Something planned for and eagerly anticipated or an earth-shattering bolt from the blue. If someone you know is taking a big step or changing direction, see if you can do anything to help. You might be able to give them a lift, help them unload some things, offer some advice or just be there for company on their journey.
Who is finding life hard right now?
Right now life is not easy for anyone really, but some people might be finding things extra tough. Some may still be isolated from friends and family, some are taking care of kids whilst trying to work at home, others are just trying to find work, some are worrying about family members unseen in over a year, or praying for loved ones lying ill in hospitals, and everyone is trying to just get through each day as best they can. Reach out to someone you know who’s got a lot on their plate right now, offer to share a bit of the burden, pay them an uplifting compliment or just give them the space to offload a little.
Who’s struggling with a tough choice?
You’ve talked with them, you’ve empathised, they’ve shared their difficulties with you and you’ve listened. You don’t have to fix everything for them—you can’t—but you can let them know that your heart is with them all the way… and encourage them to trust the wisdom of their own.
Who’s missing a loved one?
Grief sucks. And it doesn’t have a time limit on it. Someone may seem ok for weeks, even months and then, seemingly out of nowhere, they’re not. Often, whilst there is a lot of support available in the initial aftermath of a death, over time the support drifts away and the bereaved can be left feeling very alone. If you know someone who has suffered a loss, just check on them every now and again, talk about their loved one, and remind them that they are still a part of their lives, and let them know that you’re there for them, still, always.
Who needs to know you’re here for them?
Think about who might need a little bit of your time, or your sympathetic ear and supportive shoulder, your perspective on a problem, your encouragement, congratulations or maybe your forgiveness. Who needs you especially right now? And what can you do to help and show them your love.