Legendary boxer Muhammad Ali said about friendship that “if you haven’t learned the meaning of friendship, you really haven’t learned anything.” Perhaps except loneliness.
Busy Americans focus on exterior markers of success like owning a big house, fancy cars and attaining professional success. Such priorities can come at a steep price of ignoring valuable relationships like family and trusted friendships. Relationships need to be continually nurtured by meaningful time spent with each other.
Depression affects nearly 10% of the U.S. population. But the nation’s most common disability is merely a symptom that signals an underlying problem: lack of cherished friends and family in a person’s life.
One company is helping people to connect with past friends and acquaintances.
CheckPeople.com helps consumers find all types of past relationships. These include immediate family, distant relatives and lost romantic partners.
With online-based public databases, it’s now easier to track childhood friends, high school classmates, former teachers or mentors, college roommates, and former coworkers and business acquaintances. Colleagues from previous employers can be especially helpful in a tough recession.
“Our site helps users find publicly-available contact information like phone numbers, addresses, social media data, and even court documents,” says Elvis Džebić, a company representative. “Leveraging several public databases simultaneously saves consumers time.”
With CheckPeople, you only need to know a friend’s first and last name. However, if you’re researching a common name (like Bob Johnson) then you’ll need more information. You can narrow the search to include city and state.
Benefits of Reconnecting With Past Relationships
There are compelling reasons for staying connected: health, well-being and sense of meaning, to name a few. One might even find employment or business opportunity by expanding a network to include past personal associates.
Life throws urgent demands our way, and once-cherished relationships fall by the wayside. The tragedy is that urgent but unimportant activities often fill our day, like playing mobile games, responding to trivial emails, running errands and other inconsequential matters.
Relationships remind us that urgency does not mean something is important. Great friendships matter but they require nurturing.
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, nearly 36 million of Americans live alone which represents 28% of households.
Our ancestors had an age-old remedy to prevent loneliness in desolate environments. They sat around campfires enjoying the warmth of burning logs beneath the night sky. And formed lifelong bonds.
“There are many people who deserve our attention,” says Elvis Džebić of CheckPeople.com. “Thanks to public databases, it has become convenient to reconnect with childhood friends, high school classmates, a basketball coach, a business mentor or past romantic interests. Consumers have the tools to enrich their lives.”
Fast forward a few years or decades later, a distant relative, college roommate or business mentor can form a new support system and lift us during challenging times. These lifelong contacts can also offer valuable advice because they have known us for so long.
Their lives, too, are enriched by our presence.
Family and friends greatly benefit from our relationship and trust. Since we can help these individuals who shaped us into who we are today. We can offer refuge or financial help in times of distress. And that seems more meaningful than acquiring fancy cars or playing mobile games.
Life is too short to not spend time with cherished people.