Letting You In

I’ve learned we all long for connection, a closeness with others.

I notice it all around me beginning with small moments of quiet friendship. When I walk my same route/path every day, people smile and wave because they think they know me and my dog. We’re familiar even though we don’t know each other’s name. When I can, I offer my name and most people will respond with their name and the familiarity begins to grow. I love that.

Over time familiarity grows into nicknaming. Think about me calling you a nickname or an endearment. If your name is Joseph and I start calling you Joe or Joey, it’s not about changing the formality and respect for you, it’s about familiarity. It makes a name more familiar, and that makes the person more familiar.

Going by Joseph or a sir name behind Mr. or Ms. your whole life is just a way of showing the world that nobody gets in.

If you’re lucky enough to be called an endearment, cherish it, be grateful for it. It’s a deeper connection.


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