I quite like these words from a friend. They speak to a fundamental purpose of being together. Sometimes, together in the form of a couple. Sometimes, in the form of a team or community.
Witnessing is doing. Witnessing a life into its natural unfolding and growth is privilege.
“The ultimate touchstone of friendship is not improvement, neither of the other nor of the self, the ultimate touchstone is witness, the privilege of having been seen by someone and the equal privilege of being granted the sight of the essence of another, to have walked with them and to have believed in them, and sometimes just to have accompanied them for however brief a span, on a journey impossible to accomplish alone.”