If we are not connecting on some level with The Other, with the environment we navigate through are we living fully? Are we making the best use of the time we are given?
I'm not suggesting that we all need to be or become the quintessential extrovert, engaging with everyone and everything at every moment. The terms extrovert and introvert are not entirely useful anyway as most of us are a good mix of both.
I am suggesting we all take small incremental steps toward a new way of connecting. Making a point to say hello to a stranger. Looking someone in the eyes when speaking with them. Letting your teammates know you are listening and you hear them. Sharing a cherished memory with a family member just because. Saying please and thank you each and every time you make an ask. Maybe eventually even saying yes more than no. These are all things that need no money and only cost a few extra seconds of your time. We can all afford it and the cost of not doing it is entirely too expensive.
Making contact with someone on a meaningful, authentic, joyful, full way can be scary, but more often than not certainly worth any perceived risk. In fact, it may just be the thing we all need here, today, now.