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I added a new daily activity to my morning routine this morning. I sent personalized texts to each of my 4 sons. I know they will appreciate them even if they don’t respond each day. But Even if they don’t appreciate it, it added a warm loving feeling in my heart, which is a goal of my morning routine so I am ahead of the game.
By showing I care and being supportive. Today I also helped around the house since I was working from home, empty the dishwasher, get the mail, try to stay on top of weekly chores like putting the trash cans near the road or getting the mail. I also try to take the dogs for walks. Today it was raining so it was just short walks.
Getting here a little late today. This is a fun question. Even in the waning hours of the day, there are so many ways– I’ve really been in to connecting with my stepdaughter. When she comes in the door I am going to take her to run errands, listen to the details of Western day, and give her a little treat at the grocery store! The kids really love one on one even with the mundane.
calling someone unexpectedly and may be lift up a burden; or letting my father know that I am with him in his concerns; sending pics of joyful times to friends; giving freshly picked sweet and delicious fruits as a surprise to someone who usually asks for money. Thank you friends for sharing!
By being joyful myself
By being kind in all my interactions. Being love…
I like to believe that I intentionally–and unintentionally–bring joy to my child everyday. Recently, I have been spread thin, and I see myself becoming a little more short tempered with her, which I don’t like. But I know that she is over the moon about the dance class that I signed her up for this afternoon.
As I go about my busy day, I will try to bring my best self and express my gratitude.
Make dinner for my son and family.
I am at their home babysitting while the daycare is closed:)
Lucky them, dear Cathie 🙂
I could tell a joke, say something nice that I find about that person, or simply share a smile at someone passing by. Tonight I will make dinner for my wife and afterwards we will listen to jazz and share tea while checking in. I hope that brings her the same joy it does me.
Just listened to Dan Siegel speak about seeing people, and ecosystem through the lens of subjective experience, perspective and agency and the importance of being grateful, compassionate and in awe of self and other and our intraconnectedness. This reminded me of Thich Nhat Hanh’s interbeing. So, maybe joy will result if I intentionally am mindful of this.
Early this morning I put a fresh apple sauce muffin in a bag and clipped it to the mailbox for the mailman. I always share what I bake with him. I don’t know if it brings him joy but do know he appreciates the treats because he tells me so.
How sweet, Carol 🙂
Complementing people I meet today. By being full present during meetings. Take kids for a bike ride.
Everyday i send a thought of the day to my staff. It is just my way to greet my team. I find inspiration from my morning quiet time, a post i read, passage from a book, a video…i pull from what i experience.
My staff absolutely enjoy it! It pushes them out their comfort zone. Inspire at time. Make them laugh. Gives a feeling of connection.
I have been doing it since the pandemic and i don’t see stopping. My way to spread joy and dare i say it love!!
You’re reminding me that I was occasionally dropping a mid-afternoon “breather” into our shared chat channel for my team to remind them to give themselves a break and take a breath. I’ll get back to doing that. I hadn’t made it a habit, partly wanting to make it an unexpected surprise, but that means I forget to do it.
My thinking ran along the lines of… “but I may not see anyone today… except my husband and I can’t create joy for him [tried… its just his nature, i think]… I could visit a friend… wasn’t planning on it… I never realized visiting a friend would bring them joy!” This ramble of thought came to a surprise end. I think in my mind I see myself as a “pest” and that when I visit friends it is for me and me alone. But I know logically this is not true. Emotionally… I don’t know it. I was even asked this week when I popped in at a neighbor’s if I would come back for tea.
Anyway, I am busy today so I don’t know if I will get over there, but I am thankful for this enlightenment, however obvious it may be to others. Yes, many people would like us to visit, and yes, it brings them joy!
Holly, Your posts always bring me joy. Your willingness to be vulnerable and share your thoughts, feelings and wisdom is appreciated.
Aww, thank you! Your words feel so like a warm hug! 🤗
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