Last week, I told my 5-year-old son how much I love him. And I was delighted by his response.
“I sure love you. And you’re my favorite girl. And you’re my favorite … everything. Because you’re the best at everything. Except bad words. You’re not the best at that. But you’re the best at behavioring. And I just love you so much.”
I don’t think I need to tell you how happy this made me.
Because sometimes, in the middle of the craziness of life, we just need to be SEEN. We just need to be appreciated.
We do a lot of kindness challenges for strangers, or for neighbors, or for those who serve us. But this week, I’d like you to join me in a simple service challenge. In the spirit of Thanksgiving, we’re just going to let someone we love know that we’re thankful to have him or her in our life, and why.
A few ideas to get you started:
- Write a letter and mail it. People love getting nice mail!
- Leave a note on a mirror for a family member to find. Wouldn’t it be awesome to wake up and see “You are my favorite person. Have a great day!” when you go to brush your teeth?
- Stick notes in a lunch box, inside a deodorant cap (I did that one when my husband was leaving on a business trip), or pretty much anywhere.
- Jazz it up a bit by baking a favorite treat. Deliver it with a simple, “I wanted you to know how much you mean to me.”
Who do you know who needs to hear a kind word from you today? Who might need some appreciation? Take five minutes today to participate in our simple challenge and brighten someone’s day.
Because sometimes, we all need to hear that we’re the best at behavioring.