What’s It Like When You’re Truly Known?
Early morning, sitting up in bed,
of friends since high school,
grandparents of their brood
who have the run of the place.
For now, some moments of peace.
Intricate. Alluring. Durable--
"All happy families are alike."
have found over a lifetime no feeling stronger and more
gratifying than being
welcomed—and knowing it.
feeling exists because of reciprocity; somehow the
person being received well is
also a giver.
need not be conscious, and most times probably isn’t,
but looking back, the receiver
will see that he’s
is it then that emerges when you’re truly known,
that you have to give to
others—or just a single other?
How have you discovered it?
about it; many people never have.
when to offer an invitation, and to whom, and
when to accept one, from whom.
when to experiment when you can’t know—yet! Be
ready for a surprise of
© 2013 Allan Cox, Allan Cox & Associates Inc. All Rights Reserved.
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