It’s ‘Five minute Friday’ time! It’s inspired by Lisa-Jo over at The Gypsy Mama. The idea is that you write for five minutes flat on a topic, without worrying about whether it’s right or not. It’s kinda fun! Check out others’ interesting 5-minute posts on the topic by clicking on the button below.
My toddler son has a vocabulary of seven words and is a prolific ‘sign-er’. This means that you have to look at him to ‘hear’ him. Sometimes he tells a story: he signs ‘nursery’, then ‘cry’, then ‘daddy’, then ‘home’; other times he signs emergencies (this morning was ‘hot’, ‘sick’ – we had to run to the bathroom).
You have to look at him closely to see what he’s saying. It annoys me when people don’t – and I can see there’s a story he’s just waiting to tell them, but they’re not looking at him.
Adults need this too. There are times when someone can look at you – and you know they’ve really seen you. They’ve seen your soul and your emotion and your story and they understand it. It’s very simple to do – it just takes pausing and looking deeply at someone.
Sometimes I have paused in my annoyance at someone and seen in their eyes their vulnerability – and I stop in my tracks. Other times I have been privileged to look at someone and sense their deep joy and contentment – and it spills over onto me.
‘Jesus looked at him and loved him’(Mark 10:21) – it’s one of my favourite sentences in the Bible.
Over to you:
- When was the last time that you stopped to ‘see’ someone and were changed by what you saw?
- When was the last time that you felt someone really ‘saw’ you?