Years ago, a new acquaintance was describing a small, thoughtless slight from some other friends. Rather than insisting it was no big deal, or going on and on about it in an outrage, she summarized by saying with complete equanimity, “I cherish my friends. And I expect to be cherished in return.”
Oh, what a revelatory, grown-up reflection! It has echoed with me ever since.
Dear ones, let us cherish one another’s hopes.
Let us be kind to one another’s dreams.
Let us be cherished in return.