To live in dialogue with another is to live twice. Joys are doubled by exchange and burdens are cut in half. —Wishart—
We live in one another’s company for a reason. The talents any one of us are gifted with are most pleasurable when used to benefit many. And each of us is talented in ways unique and yet burdensome if not shared. Our personal growth and development are dependent in part on the contributions made by those we’re in company with. We live better because of others’ presence and talented contributions to situations affecting us all. Likewise, others are equally benefited by our positive involvement in their lives. We need one another to diffuse the pain and sorrow in our lives.
Sharing lessens the weight on a single pair of shoulders. Sharing also reminds us that none of us is burdened in ways unfamiliar to others.
Laughing together multiplies our appreciation of someone else’s involvement in our lives. Every aspect of life promises more meaning when shared openly with another. We could say that no event is really integrated into a life if experienced in isolation. I’ll find meaning today in the company of others.