Because of my recent weekday morning stint as guest blogger for Rebecca Plants, I’ve gotten into the habit of spending morning time outside…even if only for a few minutes.
This morning the slightly cool air in the early morning lured me out to our backyard deck with my coffee. The sleepy sunshine waking itself and the plants up as it brushed against the colors and textures of the morning. I meant to write, but was too seduced by nature’s wake-up process to do anything other than just watch.
Then I saw the steam rising from my coffee mug and it totally captured my attention. The light mist rising against the backdrop of the midnight blue inside of my mug*, visible only because of the cool air as it expressed a joyful dance of existence.
Reminds me of the beautiful Zulu greeting process: one person says Sawubona – which means “I see you“… and is acknowledged with the Zulu response for “I am here.” (For an amazing description of the broader meaning of all this, see this wonderful video clip: http://www.globalonenessproject.org/videos/orlandbishopclip2)
Think about that for a moment — in essence, it’s saying because you see me, I am here.
Or from the other perspective, you are here because someone else sees you… really sees you.
Think of the gift someone gives you when they look you in the eye and pay enough attention to truly see you. What if then we return that favor, share that gift?
What about, though, those days where we just feel invisible? How can we really see someone else if we can’t even find/see ourselves?? Perhaps it’s in seeing someone else, really seeing someone else, paying attention to them, to their feelings, to their soul… perhaps it’s in that that we can regain ourselves?
Today I see you. Today I thank you for allowing me to exist because you see me. Today, like the steam from my coffee cup, because of you..I am here.
Jan 2010 update: See this related post by Peg Mulqueen. She sees you too.
[*mug created by my wonderful nieceling, Kristy]