The most basic of basics.

Posted: December 12, 2018 in Postcards from Cancerland.

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My friend Brad has created a simply beautiful image with a beautifully simple message: “I’m just a human being who wants to be loved”.

He has captured the unseen caption that hangs over each one of us.
His words speak to the most basic of basics.
It also speaks to how we should respond to each other.
The image has found it’s way onto shirts and pins and stickers…I think that is beautiful!
“I’m just a human being who wants to be loved”.
We need to remember this, EVERY single other human we encounter just wants to be loved.
That’s helpful information because we humans are notorious for saying stuff when we don’t have stuff to say.
We encounter other humans who are going through hard stuff and we feel like we just have to say stuff.
It’s tempting to spout out answers and absolutes.
We routinely recite cliches.
We give advice.
It’s easy to make the pain of others all about ourselves.
It would serve us well to stop and remember the most basic of basics.
“I’m just a human being who wants to be loved”.
We have dear friends who have just been dealt a brutal sucker punch.
They are hurting.
They don’t need cliches or slogans.
They need love.
Sometimes we don’t know what to say.
As someone who has been walking through a valley let me offer some advice. Other humans who are hurting need to hear some simply beautiful words…
I hear you.
I see you.
I love you.
You are not alone.
We will also encounter other humans whose need for love has caused them to become quite unlovable.
It’s tempting to hurl hurt and fling condemnation.
We need to remember the most basic of basics.
They too desperately need to hear…
I hear you.
I see you.
I love you.
You are not alone.
It’s not going to be easy.
It helps if you see EVERYone you see with an imaginary caption over their head.
One that reads “I’m just a human being who wants to be loved”.
That’s the simply beautiful basic of basics that we need to remember before saying stuff when we don’t have stuff to say.

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