Must be expressed consciously
August 24th 2014
When you meet someone, you need to pay special attention to how you embrace, shake hands, kiss and so on, as an expression of liking and friendship. Otherwise, it is pointless, and not just pointless but harmful. For all forms of neglect in human relationships have negative effects on the psyche of both parties. If you express outward signs of esteem and affection without putting your heart and mind into it, simply because that is the custom, it takes something away from you as the giver and from the person receiving. This something is of course hard to define, but anything that is truly important for our joy and our fulfilment is always hard to define. This is why a look, a moment of silence, a smile through which the soul expresses itself, can bring far more than a more concrete expression or even gifts.