Suddenly I hear…
Her: “Hello? Hello?” I look up and, in fact, she was speaking to me. “How are you today?” she asked.
Me: “I’m doing pretty well. How are you today?”
Her: “Im Ok. You are really pretty.”
Me: “Thank you. Seriously, thank you. I am not feeling very pretty today.”
Her: “Really? How is that possible?”
Me: “Our eyes have a very similar shape.”
Her: “Really? My eyes are very red right now from smoking too much.”
Me: “They are pretty.”
AND then, she just had to kind of think about that.
I then gave my seat to a woman with an infant. I found myself standing next to a man in a wheel chair wearing a tiger hat (yep, ears and all, not odd for San Francisco.) I said, “I really like your hat!”
He responded as if I had just handed a $100 bill. “Really? Thank you so much!”
We both got off the bus at that stop. It was a full bus and I had to kinda push to get off. When I finally stepped off the back of the bus he was already being lowered down. He was still looking at me as if I had jut given him the keys to the city. So I smiled and waved goodbye. He waved back, still smiling as well.
What did I get today in my bus ride? I got that we all just want to be seen, loved and accepted for who we are. Its super important to tell people that, even strangers on the bus.
I know I need to hear it often. I used to think that was somehow needy, lacking in self-esteem to be told over and over again that I matter. The truth is, for me, it is a need. It is also a resource, because I do a really god job of telling people that all the time. Why they matter to me.
You all matter to me. Thank you for the unique You-ness that you bring to my life. I am blessed.