The most important person

In daily life, I am the most important person to my partner. And when I talk with someone, I am – at that moment – most likely the most important person for her or him.

I am also often the most important person for our cat and dog. When I interact with them, my being and actions fill up their world. Just as my being and words and actions fill up the world for anyone I interact with.

I find this is a helpful reminder. It helps me shift out of a (sometimes unquestioned) assumption that I am not that important and my life doesn’t play that much of a role. 

At the moment I interact with someone, my life – and my words and actions – play a huge role for that being. I fill up a significant part of their world. I have a big impact on them and how they experience themselves and their life. 

This is, in a way, obvious and many live from this naturally. But for me, being used to seeing my own life as not that important, it’s an important reminder. It helps me shift my orientation. It helps me orient a bit closer to reality and what’s actually going on. 

It’s medicine for the assumption that my life doesn’t matter that much, and for acting as if that’s how it is, when it’s clearly not always true.


DRAFT

In daily life, I am the most important person to my partner and one of the most important people to our cat and dog. If we had children, I would be one of the two most important people to these children. When I interact with our cat or dog, I am the most important person to each of them. I and my being and actions interact with our cat or dog, I am the most important person to each of them. I and my being and actions fill up their world. And when I talk with someone, I am – in that moment – most likely the most important person for that person. 

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