I was having a conversation with a guy I had just met at a party. His name was Dan. I could tell he was a chatty one.
At the end of a long rant (explaining why he switched to a raw food diet 15 years ago), he said, “Thanks for listening. You’re present and I feel you’re interested in what I’m saying. I feel heard. Thank you.”
I found this to be a huge compliment because usually I consider myself a HORRIBLE listener. I have to put in a lot of effort to focus and sometimes I feel like it’s an IMPOSSIBLE habit to change.
Photo by Taylor Kinzie.
Everyone wants to feel loved and heard, and I appreciate it when someone gives me their presence, like I’m the only one in their world in that moment. It’s such a gift, and I love knowing that I could give that to someone else too.
I thanked Dan for acknowledging me, and then smiled as I watched him eat the other half of his giant avocado. . . with no salt on it.