Your People

If you build your relationships on the basis of wanting to know and understand others and to give yourself to them; if you truly discover that, as St Paul says, ‘You will be enriched in every way so that you can be generous on every occasion’ (2 Corinthians 9:11); if you manage to grasp that all you have – your talent, joy, heart song, strength (and weakness) is for giving to others; if you learn to live by reaching out to others or allowing them to reach out to you; if you share your time, energy, plans and ideas with others; if you’re truly interested in others and make space for them in your world, then you will enjoy true, genuine encounters.

Excerpted from Dancing With Loneliness by José Maria R. Olaizola SJ (P.116)