When we were first married we lived in Sugar House in a 70 year old house. The neighborhood was filled with newly renovated cottages and others that needed some love and attention. It was common to see a FOR SALE sign with this additional plug, “MUST SEE INSIDE.” A house that looked a little dated on the outside was often filled with hardwood floors, stunning woodwork, modern kitchens and upgrades.
I often have thought we should all carry a sign that says, “must see inside.” When we see inside another person we gain understanding, empathy, appreciation and clarity we didn’t have before. We are less quick to judge and make assumptions. When I am curious, interested and give someone my full attention, I learn things that I couldn’t have known with a passing glance.
In Michelle Craig’s talk in October general conference she shared this: “Columnist David Brooks said: ‘Many of our society’s great problems flow from people not feeling seen and known. … [There is a] core … trait that we all have to get … better at, [and that] is the trait of seeing each other deeply and being deeply seen.’”