Martin Buber said, “Meeting another was a great thing, but not the greatest thing. The greatest thing any person can do for another is to confirm the deepest thing in him, in her – to take the time and have the discernment to see what’s most deeply there, most fully that person, and then to confirm it by recognizing and encouraging it.”
Buber’s words can get us thinking of those who have come in to our lives without calculating what use we would be to them, or how much they would get out of us, treating us less than what we are.
I don’t know about you, but when I look at my own life there have not been many such people. They are a rare breed and I am profoundly grateful to the few who have looked deeply and confirmed and encouraged what was more fully me. They’ve been beacons on my path and it’s always good to bring them in to awareness, name them and celebrate them.
I hope that somewhere along the line I’ve been such a person to someone, and will always seek to be.