Most of us have one…
“You showed up in a dream last night and I wanted to check in and see if everything is all right…”
“Are you nervous about this appointment?”
“Let me know when you get back home safely.”
“I’ll be here for you in the morning before they take you back for the procedure.”
In the past few weeks I have uttered all these phrases, some more than once, to various friends or family members. I can’t seem to help myself. I am That Person.
Everyone has That Person in their lives, the one who asks if you have a jacket because it’s supposed to turn cold later on, who holds your hand when you’re sick, who makes friends with your dog…and everyone else’s. When you are experiencing heartache, challenges, a loss or a life change, That Person will gift you with marbles, to remind you that you haven’t lost yours.
That Person genuinely cares about you, your life, your family. She (or he in some cases) has a true heart, one as strong and sweet as Southern iced tea. And it brings great joy to That Person when he or she is able to offer you care and compassion.
Sometimes people don’t know what to do with her, or about her. And that’s OK. She doesn’t care for you in order to be cared for in return. She does it because she doesn’t know any other way to be.
So, if you have That Person in your circle, accept the care she offers in the spirit in which it is intended. Be honest with him when he asks how you are, because he really wants to know. At some point you may end up becoming That Person for someone else.