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Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Mary Anne Radmacher: THE GIFT OF SEEING


THE GIFT OF SEEING
Remember the difference between looking and seeing.

Remember that holiday weekend when you said yes to several different invitations and you accepted them all? Showed up at all of them, all the while, glancing at your watch to time your exit to reach the next party? Okay. Maybe you have never done that, but I have. The net result was that I showed up but wasn't really present. Oops.

I think one of the finest gifts I can give my friends in the holiday season is to pause with a long enough quality to actually SEE them. My calm, unhurried presence communicates this gift of a message, "I see you. I recognize you. I remember our times of together and am contributing right now to another quality memory. I value you and honor and take the time, right this moment to pause long enough to truly notice you."

- Mary Anne Radmacher

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