My grandma taught me presence
My husband and I were talking about this last night and he thought it was a great blog. My grandma would take me for a couple of weeks to a month over the summer. She would save up her vacation, take off time and make me the center of the universe. I loved it! She would listen to me, take me places and just be with me. Granted she kept up some of her responsibilities volunteering in the community (which now I love to do too) and seeing to family matters. But she has this way of being with you, that just makes you feel great. She is present! As my husband and I discussed this, we couldn't exactly put our finger on what that quality IS exactly. But we know it when we feel it and she is an excellent giver of it. She is able to really hear you and see you, in a way most of us don't have time for. Maybe it is that she grew up in a small farmhouse with five sisters. Maybe it is because she is was a psychiatric nurse and is able to understand people on that level. But mostly, I just think it is who she is. She just gives off that quality and I think she has taught me how to give that same quality back to people. It is the gift of just being there for someone. Nothing more than just being...
Insightful Inspirations for the week
Think about the one person who was your role model growing up, the role model above all role models. Think of the one person you look at now and say "thank goodness" for. Spend some time contemplating the gifts that person gave you and realizing that those gifts are now in you to give too. This is the power of who we are. We can share energy that can keep going and going. When we choose to share positive energy, the effects can be dramatic and amazing or subtle and precious. Either way, it is a gift.