July 25, 2020

Sawubona

I see you.
As you are.

You are important to me.
I value you.

You are accepted and embraced
with your flaws, your virtues – all that makes you, you.
You belong.
We belong.

“How are you?” is quick and easy.
Made to look like you care about the other person.
But it’s shallow.
Often meaningless.
Focus remains on you – not the recipient of the question.

Sawubona embraces the receiver of the greeting.
I see you.
My attention is you (not myself).

Sawubona reply…
Shikoba.
I am relieved to know that I exist for you.

-alie

Sawubona is a Zulu tribe greeting.

“All my attention is with you. I see you and I allow myself to discover your needs, to see your fears, to identify your mistakes and accept them. I accept you for what you are and you are part of me.”

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