We Change, We Grow
Ever notice how other people’s kids grow up faster than we expect them to? Somehow we place them in time from the moment we last saw them and when we meet them again they’re bigger, older, and well, just different than we remember.
A colleague close to my heart been busy since the fall. So have I. . . . We haven’t really kept up with each other day to day. He popped up on Skype on day last week to make sure I am fine.
An interesting thing happened in that conversation. He assumed I was the same person operating from the place as the last time we spoken. But I’ve been through universe of realizations about life. I’ve made changes in who I am since that time.
I had to say, “Whoa, whoa, wait a minute. You’re thinking I’m who I used to be.”
I told him about the change in my thinking. He was surprised, but also pleased.
I keep thinking about that conversation. I never realized that I, too, had been expecting friends and colleagues to stay placed and unchanging in time.
What have I missed simply because I assumed no changes have occurred? Even that person in the mirror has changes I’ve not noticed.
I’m looking at everyone with new eyes.
And I take this thought to my personal social network.
If I’m looking, really paying attention, and I can’t tell when a people have grown, do I know them well enough to call them friends?
–ME “Liz” Strauss
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