Saturday, September 11, 2004

What I took away from that day...

Kindness - Extend kindness to all those around you. It doesn't have to be anything big. Hold the door open for the next person coming through a doorway. Smile as you walk by a harried parent with a child. Look directly in the eyes of the person helping you out at the store, the library, the drive-thru so they know you SEE them. Kindness can be shown in so many ways and can make another person's day brighter.

Friendship - Be sure to cultivate the friendships you have. Listen to your friends - don't just think about what you're going to say - really listen! Make time for each important person in your life. A 5 minute phone call just to check on them. Having them over for coffee, tea, or dessert! Send them a hand written note or card telling them you're thinking about them. A little effort makes everyone feel special.

Hugs - The human touch is something that heals. Many people in our society don't get enough affection from those around them. I've heard that a hug has a calming affect on most. The breathing gets more relaxed...the heart rate slows down... Don't be afraid to hug your friends and family members. Not one of those one second hugs either. A substantial hug that conveys your warmth and love for them. I'm sure everyone would love more hugs!

Kisses - Kisses can become so routine. You kiss good-bye in the morning. You kiss hi at the end of the day. You kiss at bedtime. All routine. But what about those spontaneous kisses? Kisses that you give not because you want something. Those kisses just to say "I love you" The Bear will all of a sudden come up to me and grab me around my head and kiss me right on the lips. Then he's off running and playing with his sister. It's like he couldn't walk by without showing me how much he cares. Gotta love that!

Love - Show those around you that you love them. Not by purchasing them a new shirt or CD. Just spend time together. Go to the park and play on the swings. Sit next to each other on the couch & read a book. Lay outside on the grass and look up at the sky and just breathe. Showing your love isn't about anything's about being together just because....

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