A Powerful Act of Connection
My best friend writes to tell me she went to that Thai place I told her about.
So good! Can't wait to go back, she says.
I love reading her note. It's a sweet thing when someone else likes something we like.
But what else touches me is that she took me up on my recommendation. It's not everyday that someone tries out a restaurant, book, store, habit that we offer up.
That makes perfect sense, too. We are, after all, living full lives. Plus, sometimes those recommendations don't land quite right with us.
And yet if I linger on the lovely feeling of reading her note, it makes me think that I will take up others' on their recommendations more often. Not only because I want to read the words that moved them or visit the lighthouse that took their breath away.
But because it's another way of saying, I hear you. And what you say matters to me. Which is a simple, powerful, and rare thing to give someone.
So now, I'm going to the library to get the book my best friend recommended. When I finish it, I'll write her a note about it.
Which, she showed me, is another way of saying, When you speak, I listen.