During my training as a mental health counselor, I had a great professor who told me I was good at putting myself in the client’s shoes, seeing things from the other person’s perspective, and valuing the other person and their experience. She said I was good at the “I-Thou” relationship. I had never heard of I-Thou and my professor had braces on her teeth so it sound more like she said I (or eye) zao. It was not until two days later when I asked her about it that she explained what she meant.
By then, I had this concept in my head for two days of a beautiful new word that meant, to me, something a little different. I decided on the term EyeZao and defined it as the art of seeing and observing people and life, in a way in which we can appreciate all of it… and through that appreciation and understanding, live our lives a little differently.
EyeZao to me can be summed up as: “See. Live.” If you open your eyes and truly see everything out there, your life can’t help but be a little different. And I like the concept of the “eye” as representing not only “I” but an observer and the act of observation and how that can lead to appreciation.
As a counselor, it is impossible for me not to consider a client’s experience and perspective. I can never live my clients’ lives or share in all of their experiences, but I can appreciate them and do my best to understand them. For more on Martin Hubert’s original “I-Thou” concept, follow this link.