This lady really annoyed me. I avoided her on the ward. Weeks in this psychiatric ward and I now was clear on the people to avoid and the people whose company I sought.
One day something was different about her. Coming off her was fear, agitation, vulnerability. She was usually so brash and loud.
I couldn’t understand why nobody else seemed to notice this loudest presence in the room exuding distress. Waiting for help from the staff she asked if I would hold her hand. Of course…. we waited.
The world stood still.
I had the experience of such connection, to feel presence of another sentient being and them to feel my presence.
It was one of the most life affirming moments of my life. It happened in silence in a psychiatric ward.