Seth Godin writes that one of the most important words that he knows and which, he notes, does not have an English equivalent is Sawubona, a Zulu tribe greeting. A literal translation is: I see you, you are important to me and I value you. Godin adds to this: “Not just your face… but your hopes, your dreams, where you came from and where you’re going.”
At the Sawubona site, we find even richer words that magnify the beauty and meaning of this joyous greeting: “All my attention is with you. I see you and I allow myself to discover your needs, to see your fears, to identify your mistakes and accept them. I accept you for what you are and you are part of me.” May we find great learning from the Zulu people in enriching our understanding and relationships to people in our life and the importance of emotional intelligence in our living and leadership. As the author of the Sawubona article writes: “Thinking this way will allow us to see each other’s needs, forgive mistakes and promote cohesion in our communities.”
To you, my very dear friends, my family, I humbly utter a joyous Sawubona! May this new word’s significance and meaning be part of our life in all that we are and do.
Have a beautiful day and a magnificent week!!!