The lady’s face started turning red and I could tell a lump was forming in her throat as she shook her head and said she was ok, just worried about her mother. I told her the usual “she’ll be ok, don’t worry”. The lump in her throat had gotten her and she couldn’t speak. As her eyes began to water I asked her if she needed a hug, she shook her head yes and we embraced. As I allowed this woman whom I’ve only seen a few time sob on my shoulder, I began to think of all the times I’ve needed a hug and no one was around. Once she felt relieved she thanked me and said she felt better.
How many times have you needed a hug and no one noticed or cared? How many time have you asked someone how they’re doing and didn’t really care about or stick around long enough to hear their response? Don’t ask if you’re not being sincere about it.