So today, in my group therapy, we had a guy leave. Now keep in mind I entered this group a newbie, everyone else has known eachother for 5+ years at least. I don't exactly know why or how this happened but here's how it went.
For group, we have a goodbye ceramony, and the guy leaving gets to say what he wants to everybody, then they respond. But when it got to be my turn, I was surprised that I was overwhelmed with emotion. I was the only one who started crying when I made my response. I had only known him for 3 months barely, and yet I felt so much for him. Something he said was he pointed out how strong and courageous I am, and he was the only one in the group that was able to actually make me feel this way. So when I started to reply, I started to say, speaking on a personal level with you, you're one of the only people that's been able to make me feel and believe that, and I hope what you say is true because sometimes I feel like I'm not so strong or courageous, and I'm not always sure I'll be alright. And I started crying, something about him really touched me. And I feel weird that out of all the people in the group, I'm the only one who cried when saying goodbye and here I knew him the least. But it's something he said afterwards that really showed me what kind of person he was. He was so humble, that he simply told me, I'm just a mirror, I only show you what you already are. But the truth is, he's much more than just a mirror, he has a genuine compassion and talent for making people feel like they're worth a damn. He has that ability to show you what you can't see in yourself, and I thought this guy is such a great person, I wish I could've gotten to know him better.
I know he has a hard time believing praise and compliments himself, but if anything I hope my genuine emotional reaction could give some sort of credence that could allow him to see how great he really is.
"The world is a dangerous place to live; not because of the people who are evil, but because of the people who don't do anything about it." - Albert Einstein