Definition: one greatly valued; genuinely respected; a dear friend close to your heart

• Being listened to and heard is one of the greatest desires of the human heart. And those who learn to listen are the most loved and respected. — Richard Carlson PhD. (1961–2006) American psychotherapist & motivational speaker
• We are one people; we are only family. And when we finally accept these truths, then we will be able to fulfill Dr. King’s dream to build a beloved community, a nation, and a world at peace with itself. — John Robert Lewis (1940–2020) American civil rights activist & congressman

Comment: Allowing a cherished beloved person into your heart transforms your heart into one they can hold with the same tenderness in their heart.