There is such a gift in simply being present with someone, even if the encounter lasts only thirty seconds. When I make eye contact with the supermarket clerk or the gas station attendant or the person I collide with as I rush into the elevator after lunch, my eyes say, "I see you, you are not a mere thing to me. You are not an appendage to the cash register. You are a person." It is false humility to assume we do not make a difference.
To Practice This Thought:
Today, stay conscious of each interaction. Remind yourself that everyone you meet is a God-holder, and honor each person with eye contact and a smile. It doesn't matter if the person smiles back. You are offering a gift; not making a trade.
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