“I read your stuff.”
“Yeah. I read pretty much everything you write.”
He laughed. “Yes, of course. Why do you think I wouldn’t?”
Because none of my other partners did.
You see me.
It’s a wonderful thing to be seen, you see (pun intended), and I’ve realised it’s something that’s really important to me. That simple act of acknowledgement makes me feel connected to those I interact with.
Brene Brown defines connection as: the energy that exists between people when they feel seen, heard, and valued; when they can give and receive without judgment; and when they derive sustenance and strength from the relationship.
When someone ‘gets’ you. When they want to spend time understanding you, finding out what makes you come alive. Wanting to find out who you are. Putting the effort in.
It’s the chance to express our humanity, and know beyond a shadow of a doubt that we are important enough to be recognised and acknowledged by others.
It’s a gift to be truly seen, understood, and appreciated for who I am.