One is a squishy, emotional, heartfelt hug with bright, shining smiles.
The other is a grayscale photocopy of a hug photo.
Visually they’re both easily identifiable as hugs. Experientially they’re vastly different, and when given, they land very differently with the receiver.
Pretending to care can still lead to a contribution, albeit one bereft of dimensionality. Some people may semi-appreciate the gesture, perhaps seeing it as a better than nothing. You may get a few pats on the back, each with an eerily hollow echo.
These are your options for what you offer yourself internally too.
What will you offer yourself today?
Will this be a day of engaging with what truly lights you up inside… or another grayscale day?