She then explained the meaning of this saying in her culture referencing the film "Avatar" as a recent example. It is not just "seeing" like I might say I am going to see my grandchildren this week or I am going to see a man about a job. "Seeing" in her culture is seeing someone as they are and respecting that. It is about listening without judgment and spending time without expectations. Seeing is being willing to look into their heart and soul and experience their truth with loving acceptance even if you don't agree. I like that. "I see you" - what a gift!
Fast forward to January 2012.
I just received word that a colleague and amazing woman has been moved to hospice. She is so wise and loving - it is difficult to accept that her time on this earth is coming to such a quick end. I quoted her in a previous blog comparing her philosophy to that in Avatar. “Masay yaida,” in the aboriginal language of Slavey, means "Thank you for seeing me." - my friend expanded on that and shared “masay yaida means seeing each other for all that we are. It’s a beautiful gift that we can give one another as human beings.”
I thought about this and my "girlfriends" most with 50 plus years of experience and wisdom guiding them - women, in my experience, who, even in this virtual world, see each other for all that we are. In our moments of darkness and indecision or when the sun is shining and we are standing on the mountain top - it all adds up the whole of who we are.
So masay yaida, my friends. And, God bless you, my dear friend Lori, as you face the end of your life with us and the beginning of your journey with the Creator - on the other side.
Lori died January 29, 2012. Masay yaida, my friend. RIP