It’s a real joy when someone seems to get you – understand you – connect. It is rare to experience this due to the fact that, as human beings, we tend to be so selfish. We do not really comprehend the other. You give directions and the other does not understand, you hear someone say something and you act in a way that is totally disconnected with what they wanted, you say tomato he or she says tow-ma-to, you know what I mean. No yin and yang in the communication. But then every once in awhile someone “gets” you and there is a sense of personal revelation that is hard to explain but so envigorating. It’s like a passage that I often read at weddings, “When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became an adult, I put the ways of childhood behind me. For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.” To be fully known – not partially known – fully known – that is a sweet experience. It begins by wanting to get out of our own little made-up world and live in the other’s world for a moment – to really hear them and seek to understand. It is an embrace of understanding that can confound and utterly uplift you.
Today’s edition is out a little late but it took until now to grasp this thought fully. I had it early but only took hold of it around noon today. Some things are worth waiting for – like a thought, or a friendship or a feeling, or a truth. I hope this weekend you will encounter the “other” who is able to know you and the one you seek to know fully. May the mystery of that perfect thought lift you up and make today and tomorrow better.