Today’s Gem of Gratitude #263


Today I am thankful for intimacy. Now, before various thoughts pop into your mind let me clarify that statement. When I say “intimacy” I am not referring to sex, but rather to the deeply intense close connection that rarely exists between two people.

The dictionary defines “intimacy” as “a close, familiar, and usually affectionate or loving personal relationship with another person or group,” and that definition is ok despite being a little inadequate for my taste. I say that because most people probably think that the relationship that they have with their significant other can be described as close, familiar, and usually affectionate or loving, and that description may be accurate. But despite how accurate that description is what they really are experiencing does not qualify as intimacy.

Now, please do not misunderstand me. I do not say that from a place of arrogance or with the belief that I know it all, nor do I say it to hurt anyone or to put down their relationship. Those would never be my intentions. My purpose for saying this is to shed light on the fact that we human beings rarely ever experience true intimacy nowadays, and for many reasons, one of which is the fact that we oftentimes do not take the time nor put in the effort to truly get to know and become one with a person other than ourselves. And that is unfortunate.

Having a close relationship with someone is a great thing, but having intimacy with another human being is a sacred and rare treasure. And once you have had intimacy anything less lacks even the most remote sense of satisfaction. #lovebythedrop

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