Healing Humanity….One Word at a Time
This time of year it’s easy to get caught up in the ‘more is better’ cycle leaving what’s truly important by the wayside. Each year for Christmas I create a handmade a gift for those I love. It’s something that shows the person the gratitude I feel for having them in my life.
I’m not sure what this year’s gratitude gift will be but the pleasure of basking in the memories and unique essence of my friends and family is always a highlight of the season for me.
As I go through my list I become aware of how much I receive. From my family: Cay’s un-bounding sense of adventure, Tommy’s quiet strength, Alex’s quest for wisdom, Sam’s desire to understand, Jackie’s devotion to her children, Tom’s loyalty and support . From my friends: Allison’s ability to hold the space, Sarah’s full support, Kerri’s insightful questions, and Michelle’s laughter. Yet, I don’t often tell them how grateful I am to receive these gifts.
Why is it that we are so quick to speak up when something is wrong, yet when something is right we simply let it be? I know many who have a daily gratitude practice yet, how often is that gratitude openly expressed? Why do wee feel the need to keep quiet about it?
What a beautiful way to create moments of joy, simple, yet highly effective.
There is a management theory that rests on the premise that if you catch employees doing something right and acknowledge it immediately, you will encourage more of the same. You find the same advice gracing the pages of many parenting books.
I believe we all inherently know this, yet we are hesitant to put ourselves in that vulnerable position. The chattering in our mind says “they’ll think I’m weird, mushy, soft, crazy, or whatever your favorite adjective”, but in our hearts, our soul longs to express this.
It really is a win-win situation; we’re honoring spirit in ourselves and the other person.
Our actions and energy impacts others. Sometimes it feels like it really doesn’t matter, when in fact it matters a great deal.
I say let’s start sharing how much we matter to one another. It’s free and it takes very little time.
I know that despite the best of intentions, things pop up and life moves forward, and it’s all too easy to forget to acknowledge those who have a positive impact on us.
So I’m asking that right now,( yes I do mean this minute) each and every person reading this, take the time to call, text, or write at least one person who has had a positive impact on your life and let them know. If you feel a bit uneasy, a little too vulnerable take a deep breath, draw the energy up though your heart chakra and trust. You’ll be glad you did….and so will the person you reach out to.
Share your experience below…