Prompt from Carry On Tuesday...
"Look, if there's one thing I've learned...."
.....people need to know you care and the way you show you carer is through showing up, responding, and including the people you care about from the idea to the execution.
Stay with me here: It helps if you enjoy those you love as you enjoy the process. Get to know them better by noticing what is most important to them. Is it saying "Fantastic!" is it by sitting and working together, silently, side-by-side for hours on end without words being exchanged; is it bringing gifts? Notice. And love the discovery of the noticing.
Furrowed brows and tightly clamped lips while making plans and implementing them doesn't usually add up to, "I am delighting in you!"
Listen up: It isn't in the words themselves, it is in the follow through of those words themselves. You can tell people you care but unless you take that telling and add some showing it just doesn't amount to much. If anything.
Are you ready for your finale?
Gratitude for all is the careful tucking in before bed. It is like Mom kissing you on the forehead and saying, "Goodnight, sweet dreams, I love you," as you watch the sliver of light and her face get smaller as she closes the door. You still feel the warmth of her words and the light when you close your eyes and snuggle in.
If you don't share sincere gratitude, there is always the "something missing", the vague discomfort.
Did you catch the caveat of "sincere" gratitude?
Good. I thought you did.
Now that we have looked, here is a Success Map to Keep you on Track.
1. Show up.
2. Include your loved ones in the planning.
3. Include your loved ones in the execution of the plan.
4. Give baths of Gratitude.
5. Repeat. Often.
= = = =
Keith's Ramblings brings "Carry on Tuesday" and this week it was a perfect essay starter which came from The Italian Job, a movie released in 2003. I don't know the movie at all, but I now know the line. To check out the prompt and other writings or to write from prompts yourself, please visit https://carryontuesdayprompt.blogspot.com/
The Life Coach/Teacher in me came pouring out. I had no choice here - - I simply had to put poetry aside for today and write this.