We look at people all the time, but do we see them? Don't we all want to be seen? Seeing others requires that we take our eyes off ourselves. It sometimes requires viewing others through an unfiltered lens. Accepting others for who they are as opposed to who we want, or believe, them to be. If we're always viewing others through filtered lenses, we might miss signs of growth, change. Seeing others requires that we actually take time to listen, maybe examine them. How often do we ask someone how they're doing and before they have time to formulate an answer we've moved on or begun to say something else?  We live and work with people we don't see.  Seeing people requires an investment. But that requires time, right? And who has much of that? But if we don't take the time, there's an inherent risk. Because we make decisions based on our perceptions of people we don't see. And, sometimes, the rug is pulled out from under us. We feel blindsided by someone's actions whose response to "Why?" is, "Do you see me?!"
 


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Doreen
10/17/2012 2:27am

Guilty-------- Thanks,I 'm going to do better.

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Natalie
10/17/2012 2:58am

Thanks, Doreen. You're in good company!

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Estelle
10/18/2012 10:52pm

As I've aged, when I ask someone how are you doing? I've learned to be prepared to listen!!! ><))))>

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Natalie
10/20/2012 9:57am

Yes, the beauty of wisdom. We never know how a small investment in someone can pay huge dividends in their life.

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Denyce
10/20/2012 3:45am

This is one of your best blogs yet! All we have to do is look and then see! I bet a lot of us have to start this at home!

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Natalie
10/20/2012 10:02am

Hi, Denyce. Thanks for your comment. I think it's important to remind ourselves that charity begins at home.

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Jean
10/23/2012 12:05pm

This one does make you take a long hard look at yourself. I have been guilty of "not seeing". Thanks for the reminder!!!

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