view from Springhill Road.....light touches send out love best.
"Sometimes it takes someone else's life
to see what we're worth......"
Martyn Joseph, Kiss the World Beautiful.
I just returned from a quick dog walk on this cold blustery night. Under the bright stars and the almost full moon with no one else on the street, I was struck by the thought of how beautifully free I am to be able to perform a small task like that without worrying about my safety... grateful for where I live, for the roof over my head, for my warm bed, for my health, for my family.
You'd think I was out walking a marathon to have had all of those thoughts! No. It happened in a rush of some ineffable feeling as soon as the wind gusts took my breath and heightened my awareness. It happened as soon as I looked up at the night sky, so brilliantly vast. It happened as soon as I watched my dog Lily run ahead, take a nose dive roll on the grass and then wiggle on her back with an abandoned feeling of joy.
As we walked, I inhaled the fresh air as deeply as I could while quickly reflecting on a busy day............ one that ran the gamut of feelings as per usual, realizing once again that its not what someone says to you that you remember and hold onto, its how it made you feel. I smile at the amazing affirmations I received today. From a student whom I had connected with on Friday while sharing a few hilarious dating stories to a friend who told me tonight how glad he is that I am in his life. WOW!
I touched others too. Some in a good way and some I challenged their actions, or rather inactions that revealed their clingyness to playing the role of victim. yeah, I think I pissed them off. Or maybe I just refreshed their irritations. They wanted my help to learn how to study, but they weren't helping themselves. Why? Perhaps they've never learned how to yet. Time to learn. Time to take some ownership. A bit of tough love is in order. Spoon fed whiners who say "yes, but" test my patience.
I have to approach this with assertion, but also with diplomacy or I will lose their confidence in me. If I approach it from a "Parent" role, their response will come from their explosive "Child" role. If I figure out a way to approach them as an Adult connecting with another Adult and have the conversation on this level, chances are change will happen in their behaviour. They want to remain in the Child role. It will be a challenge to help them move to a more productive state of mind in order to take ownership of their learning.
Our connections and interactions with others fill our days and lives with what matters. Nothing else matters as much does it? I can't seem to think of any. As I reflected on this one ordinary Monday, I'm filled with the memories of the emotions that coloured the conversations. But, I am also left with a few things that were said to me too. Words stick too. Compliments, judgements, affirmations, scornful comments, dismissals, haughty comments, invitations, and praise combine with our personal self talk leaving remnants on how we see ourselves.... our worth.
If I've learned anything over the past year, it is how other's lives impact my own and visa versa. What i say and express with my feelings impacts what I attract. We learn about ourselves mostly through others and how we interact. And if we want to make an attempt to "kiss the world beautiful," (the lyrics from Martyn Joseph's powerful song of the same name) so that perhaps the world will kiss us back from a place called beautiful, than "sometimes its more important to love than to always have it right....."
This is not a passive approach. Rather, it takes energy to share love and respect in a situation where you want to do the opposite. Who needs to be lectured at? It never works and it never feels nice. Yes, in order to act out with the intentions of kissing the world beautiful, we must always pause before we speak or act........ we must strive to offer love knowing its not always important to have it right.
Tonight, I recognize the moments I touched down lightly with my words, my feelings, my responses. I recognize the moments when I may have been too harsh in my judgements....... and will try my best again tomorrow. I don't want to add more dark streaks on the human horizon. I want to offer up the good in me. As I inhaled the cold autumn air and filled my lungs with fresh oxygen, I gave thanks to the gifts I have been given......... free will, choices, awareness, forgiveness, and another day to try again.
May we always try to help others recognize the beauty of their worth. May we always recognize how much of an impact we have on the people in our lives....... a smile is worth a hill of gold. Encouragement fills the cup of confidence. And a kiss? A kiss is a priceless tender touch to the heart.
Off to sleep.............perhaps to dream of the kisses I received today.