The next time you’re in a public place, look into the crowd around you without being too obvious. Then make a mental note of one person—anyone. Ask yourself what it is about that person that touches you the deepest. Maybe it’s their innocence or smile….maybe it will be something as simple as how this individual deals with life’s challenges.
Now close your eyes and imagine what your day would be like if you didn’t know that this person was in the world. Think of how empty that moment would have been , and how much you miss him or her.
You may be surprised at the impact that such a simple exercise, in a brief moment, can make! Now you can give heartfelt gratitude and thanks for the person who was there for you, and what they taught you about yourself.
Greg Braden, Secrets of the Lost Mode of Prayer, p. 114-115.