My kids and I have been going on walks almost every day since quarantine started. We’ve all gotten fidgety and needed to be outside. So out we go together.

But this morning, I got up earlier and started my walk by myself. This time alone is much needed, for all parents, I think. I’m either with the kids or I’m working. Our business, RBM Services, is classified as an essential business—cleaning and disinfecting commercial buildings, including health care centers. It’s been crazy, with our processes shifting all over. Everything that we do is different right now, so, yeah, we’ve been busy.

I need to have time alone to think, so I came by myself to walk by the river.

This is about a three-minute walk from my house. It’s so close, right in front of my face! My daughter Halle comes here all the time and sits by herself. She’s 13, and I think she’s figured something out that maybe all of us could do well to learn:

We need to take time to sit in beautiful places and think.

So I took Halle’s advice today— and I’m appreciating this gift right in front of my face.

How often do we do this? How often do we acknowledge and appreciate and follow the wisdom of beautiful things? Or the answers to questions we’ve long held? Or the actions that we know are right?

And how often do we forget about the human connections that hold our lives together?

I know I forget ALL THE TIME. But in these times, when things are so crazy and we’re so stressed, we’re craving human connection more than anything.

I’ve been in a lot of Zoom meetings lately. Meetings for RBM, meetings with the Utah County Chamber of Commerce, where I’m chair-elect, and for the United Way of Utah County, where I’m chair, and in my own home.

Everywhere, in every group, I see the need for human connection.

And maybe that’s one thing we’re getting from this strange time. Even though I get sad and frustrated with what’s happening, like with my friends losing their businesses, I see us reaching out for each other again and again.

My husband and I lost our first business early on in our marriage. We found out really quickly what it was like to need help and not know where to get it.

We learned that our connections and relationships are what hold us together and see us through. After decades of studying this subject, thinking about it, working on it in a million different ways, I know that it all comes down to human connection.

So, I invite you to think about the people in your lives. The people in your businesses. The people in your work. The people who have blessed your lives.

They’re like this beautiful river three minutes from my house. Right in front of us, and making our lives so much richer.

I know we’re stressed about income and food and toilet paper. It’s easy to let our minds live in that stress.

But today, I’m choosing to take a minute to enjoy the beauty and think about the human connections that have blessed me. Like you.