Last weekend, I had a chance to reunite with a dear childhood friend. It wasn’t just a delight as much as it was therapeutic. You know when you’ve shared your stories with a most trusted friend and afterwards you feel as if a huge burden has been lifted? Well, I hope that you do have at least one relationship as such in your life (if not, you can start by being a hell of a great listen/sympathizer!).
I don’t want to merely rave about my wonderful friend because she’s just a “good person”. But there was a certain quality in her that I forgot about and haven’t seen for a very long time. (Or, maybe a part of my perspective might have just been blind for some period). I saw a purity in this friend. A purity that allowed her to regard every person with a true heart.
I think this was so apparent to me especially because there was a giant void I felt; a void one only feels from being exposed to a certain presence all or most of the time. A void of suspicion. Embarrassingly so, I almost always feel a tiny warning light of suspicion blinking inside me whenever I encounter someone; strangers and friendly acquaintances alike. But with her, I couldn’t sense the blinking light at all. It had voluntarily powered off because there was no need of its use. The person I was dealing with had no ounce of suspicion, no ulterior motives; not even seeds of it. I had not felt this relieved and safe in a long time.
The most remarkable aspect of witnessing this attribute in play was that instantaneously, other people who conversed with this friend responded in like-manner. Genuinity spawned genuinity. It was a beautiful and rare sight to behold and experience.
Do you know anyone in your life that reminds you of the beauty in the world? Let us be evermore grateful and re/adopt such marvelous qualities into our character.