Seeing Each Other
--by AndiCas, posted Jul 19, 2017
Later, at the supermarket, there was a man begging. Maybe it was my frame of mind which encouraged me to give to him, as I don't commonly in such situations. I gave him a small banknote. Later, when I was returning my trolley, I couldn't see the line. He caught my eye and pointed it out to me. Do you know, in a whole day interacting with people, I felt that he was the only one to 'see' me all day. He cracked some sort of dam in me and I cried and cried out all my stresses and fears in the car.
We need each other. Not just to be efficient, and to get things done, but to recognize each other as human beings with a smile or a touch or a kindness.
. And i am sorry you had to go through this day. Yes,i have had similar experiences: friendly, polite and efficient yet "absent" people who only see you as the"case" and not as a human being with whom they can interact. Maybe it's a kind of security blanket for them, i don't know.
But your interaction with the homeless man was therefore all that more important. . Even though crying sometimes has a bad reputation my experience is that it can be cathartic. Releasing your fear.
I'm thinking of you, keep us up to date please!