The Gracious N

I have known N for 13 years now, year after year my admiration for her increases, I guess I can say that she inspires a lot of my writing not because she’s my friend but because her heart and her character are pure, it just exemplifies the perfect nature of a kind forgiving nonjudgmental person that is full of graciousness and  humility. It all started when I was 10 and when everyone bullied me, she became my friend. Despite what everyone thought she gave me a chance, I don’t think she knows or remembers this, but I remember that I would over hear her friends say that she would tell them to give me a chance and be nice to me even though they told her that they did not like me.

I am writing about N because I am eternally grateful and appreciative for who she is and how she is. I have never heard or seen anyone like her before. For as long as I have known her, we were 10 at the time, she never judged anyone, she never made the people around her feel beneath her, or bad about anything. She would make everyone feel that they are the closest person to her, she would put the greatest effort to stay in touch and no matter how far away you are and how long you have not talked, once you reconnect it is as if no time has lapsed and no distance has been travelled.

You see, nothing can tarnish a pure heart that is guarded with graciousness. She excuses people, accepts their differences, has an eye only for their good side, she’s apologetic when she feels she did something wrong (which almost never happens) and  is extremely respectful.

To N, thank you for what you have done to me, your beautiful heart inspires me, may all the people have hearts like yours and may all the parents raise their kids like yours did you.

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I chose to create this series (Things I like About People I Know) as I have realized, that bitterness towards other people is a main factor in tarnishing and polluting the heart.

I called it things I like about people I know (not the people I like) for a reason, because even those people that I do not like, or find it hard to forgive, have good traits that I might have admired one day, and writing about them may soften the heart and help purify it. Also to appreciate the people you know and like even more and be thankful for having them in your life.

I know it might be hard writing things you like about people that you do not know so well or are irritated from so to ease into it I will start with those I like and gradually every now and then write about those that are hard to admire.