So true...and easier said than done. Most people either don't want to be truly seen for who they are and are uncomfortable/afraid to be real, or are too self-absorbed be truly interested in others and take time for them. :P
So many memories of special gifts like this from my students. The most precious gift was a tiny wildflower. My student brought it to me during Motor Lab & when I asked why I was so lucky to receive it he said, "because it's precious & beautiful like you!"
"A variation of the lesson my grandmother taught me when I began teaching school. She retired (twice!) and still subs at age Her advice to me was to love the kids who are the hardest to love, because those are the ones who need it more. Best advice ever.