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.
“How are you?” is quick and easy.
Made to look like you care about the other person.
But it’s shallow.
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).
I am relieved to know that I exist for you.
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.”