I had a conversation with someone recently that left me with quite an impression. From across the world, an unexpected phone call came into my life to offer me encouragement. The fact that a stranger was even interested in knowing me any better than a superficial relationship was very endearing to me. We had been following each other on WordPress for the past few months. Desiring to know a little bit more about me, he asked me about my journey — I felt safe to expose some of my deep, inner, emotional struggles that have plagued me for most of my life.
Different then how he is read by his dark poetry; I could not detect a melancholy person at the end of the other line. His patience, gentleness, and consideration are what mostly stood out for me. He put much thought into his kind words, articulating every sentence he said back to me with careful thought. I sensed him smiling on the other end of the phone. He intently listened to me, a stranger, but he treated me like a close friend. He took his time to offer me free advice and encouragement without even asking for anything in return.
He revealed to me his religion, which I was beginning to see revolved around his selflessness: “To be human is being true to others. I enjoy what I can learn from others since I value their perspective, which helps me grow into a better person.”
I was taken aback by his insight and character. His name is Sidharth Jain.
As I look back on this year, I thank God for all my wonderful friendships; you’ve all touched me in a genuine, loving way. You are of the rare crowd who go against the grain, desiring to spread goodness from your heart to others without expecting anything in return. You not only talk the talk, but you also walk the walk.
Thank you for all your support and friendship since you are the reason I continue to write. We need each other to understand a bigger part of ourselves and because of you, I am growing into a better person every day. I am grateful for your connection since it is in our togetherness that we learn a deeper part of ourselves and who God is, thereby, able to enjoy this amazing journey called life with one another.