Encountering the depths of the people you meet.
It is difficult to fathom the depth and potential of each person you meet. This depth and potential are like treasures hidden in a field. The field is that surface self that shows at first glance, but oh, the resources to be found within! Each person is a lot like you, deep and not yet fully explored, sacred and beautiful, fragile and strong. People are nourishing. When your depth meets the depth of another person, what a sacrament that can be! Sometimes it’s the birth of a lasting relationship, sometimes just a deep insight, but nourishing all the same.
Because most of us meet quite a few people during our lifetimes, I want these words to be an encouragement to you to linger awhile over each person you meet, each person you live with, each relationship, even those people you see walking through the crowds, the strangers you do not know. Look on them with love. Contemplate them. Take them into your heart.” (Macrina Wiederkehr, A Tree Full of Angels)