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Loving Someone Far Away

Sure it hurts. But did you know that missing someone is actually a good sign?

“When you long for someone, it’s not necessarily a sad thing,” a psychologist told me. “It points to a good thing - proof that you have love in your life! You have to really care about someone in order to long for them.”

Every day, millions of people all over the world think about someone they can’t be with. Are you one of them?

Who do you miss, right now? During the holiday season, we are supposed to connect with loved-ones, friends and family, but there are many people who can’t.

I know two 12-year-old twin sisters who miss each other every day. It has been like this their whole life. They share a very special story: As babies they were found abandoned in a cardboard box in a Chinese village, and adopted to two different corners of the world. One of them went to a tiny village in Norway, surrounded by high mountains and deep fjords. The other went to a big, busy city in the United States. Their sisterhood was meant to be kept a secret. Destiny, however, had other plans...

This story became my documentary film Twin Sisters It’s been seen by more than 20 million people, won several film awards and broadcast on TV channels all over the world. The film shows how distance can never truly separate two hearts that really care for one another. Not a day goes by without the sisters thinking of each other. With Christmas coming up, they will celebrate the holiday in their own way despite of the thousands of miles between them.

There are so many types of long-distance love. It could be a spouse deployed to a distant war, a sibling who accepted a job in another country, a serious online romance, or a friend who is now a refugee. Many people often dismiss long-distance love, believing that distance only weakens connections. However, there is research that supports the contrary. People in long distance relationships report feeling emotionally closer to their loved ones. They are known to become better listeners and share more.

It’s been said that in human relationships, distance is not measured in miles but in affection.

Whoever you are missing right now, the heartwarming story of Twin Sisters will give you hope and strength. It might even encourage you to reconnect with someone you have lost touch with (watch the film here) It will make you laugh and cry, and look at life a little differently. That’s the feedback I’ve received from people who have watched the film so far. I believe this story is a gift, and hope it will continue to be spread and shared. Together forever, never apart. Sometimes in distance, but never in heart.

Link to full article on Huffington Post US

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