I don't recall when I first heard this observation, but it is a favorite. I love how simply it captures the dichotomy between the types of people we all encounter in the course of a regular day. I imagine the same is true everywhere in the world, but some days it seems DC has been overrun by the "Here I am!" crowd. So many people rush around assuming their "needs" are the most urgent - and their "crises" the most immediate. It can be easy to feel invisible and irrelevant next to these powerful personalities.
Fortunately, there are those rare souls who remind us that we all matter. Earlier this week I was blessed to spend time with one such woman - a dear friend who is walking through a challenging season in her own life. She joined us for dinner while in town for business, and we had a wonderful time catching up and connecting. Though I was armed with dozens of questions about her family, current work projects, and personal struggles, the conversation kept drifting to what is happening in my life. Rather than offering the encouragement I sought to provide, I became the recipient of her characteristically selfless guidance and affirmation.
I am grateful to have such people in my life - and hope someday I can pay forward this incredible grace. What would it look like to consistently meet people where they are and help them see their own beauty and value? Let's give it a try...