Every week, some times in the afternoon, some times late at night, I get a call or a message on GTalk. Questions that are insightful as well as reflective. They probe into how I am feeling, they offer support when I have not really asked for it out loud. Mostly they are there, silent company in my journey. These conversations offer solidarity. They offer comfort. More importantly they validate the journey, making it real for me.
For some one who was a vague virtual presence a good six to seven years back we have come a long way. What started as a chance meeting a mutual friend’s home has blossomed into a nice friendship. A relationship that has space and yet can traverse the distance in a single email or phone call. Over the past year, I have come to cherish these little interactions. I feel warm when I hang up the phone. I feel touched by the concern. I know I am being listened to.
So, my friend, here is a thank you. A note to say what you do is valued. You teach me a lot in how to be invested in relationships. That begins by asking the right questions.