People felt close to Rory.
If you were to ask me, she was a mama’s girl.
If you were to ask Lance, she was a daddy’s girl.
If you were to ask Chiler, Xander or Dax, each of them would probably say that he was her favorite.
Here’s the thing:
It’s all true.
When she was with one of us, we were the most important person.
In my book club this month, we read Braving the Wilderness by Brené Brown. It made me realize something about Rory and how she was able to do this.
In Braving, Brown says:
“True belonging is the spiritual practice of believing in and belonging to yourself so deeply that you can share your most authentic self with the world and find sacredness in both being a part of something and standing alone in the wilderness. True belonging doesn’t require you to change who you are; it requires you to be who you are.”
Rory was authentic.
Rory was brave, in that she embraced who she was and just loved people.
It enabled her to engage freely with others.
She didn’t sit back, she put her sweet hands on people’s cheeks and made sure they were present in the conversation as well.
She truly belonged with each of us. And we felt it.
What a gift she gave us.
A place where we always belonged.