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I Like to buy flowers for people as a way to say thank you, thank you for doing something for me or just a thank you for being you, it makes my heart happy
Calling them; replying and being present; expressing my love and care in the ways which open up that moment. Leaving a voicemail for those far away. Inviting a dear friend to come, offer some tea and listening to her and be there for her; I doubt if these are to be called creative today, while still coming from my heart. The question inspires to take some photos today to add them for their joy. Thank you for your comments here, dear friends!
When my children were younger i would put a little note in their lunch bag with a smiley face. Recently I did some card crafting at the library and have been sending them to my daughter in rehab. My son and his fiance I find ways by picking out special xmas/birthday present. Help them out when I see that they are struggling, walk the dogs, pick up a bite to eat or find a special event that we can all enjoy together and pay for it.
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I read poetry for a while every morning, and on the days I read one that I think will resonate for my daughters, I record it as a WhatsApp message and send it, then reply to my message with the link to the poem if it’s online or a picture of the page in the book so they can read it for themselves or share with others. It has become a regular occurrence for us, but even one “hey, this made me think of you so I’m sharing it” message is a creative gift whether it’s poetry, a quotation, a news article, a goofy meme, a beautiful picture, a link to the video of a song you both love, or something else. Your thoughts about someone else, and letting them know you’re thinking of them, are priceless.
Something I used to do before I broke my wrist: I painted “kindness rocks” with small designs or words and hid them in the parks where I go on walks. On a walk with friends I took a selection of the rocks for them and each took one to keep or hide, as they chose. I look forward to doing that again when my hand can stand the fine work.
An “early COVID” activity this reminds me to repeat: Sending people actual handwritten cards in the mail As a child I loved receiving real mail. It’s special again because we’re all overloaded with e-mail. I have a big collection of greeting cards I’ve stockpiled over the years that I never seem to get around to using–time to put them to work.
I have every card my children and grandchildren have given me over the years Barb. I look at them now and then and re-enjoy those moments.
We are awash with creation, every moment of every day. I just might pick a flower from the garden and give it to someone. First, I might just linger a little in the perfume and the colors. It might only be temporary, but it is here now and that is what matters most.
If you don’t typically express gratitude just looking at the person, saying thank you, and meaning it can be creative.
I am busy telling my husband thank you for helping me through this surgery. I had to wake him in the middle of the night last night to help me.
Great question. I will contemplate this question and come up with some ideas to put in action. This question is helpful because one of my New Years goals in to improve my skills and awareness in order to build helpful and healthy relationships and to explore the heart depth of each relationship to take it as deep as each one can go.
I am not at all a creative person- so this question was not one that I could easily answer. I read what other’s have said …and of course…what a wealth of wisdom this group is…How grateful I am for all of you. The only way that I know how to express my creativity and love is by cooking. I try to make a good meal for my husband every day….but thank you for reminding me to also say “I love You”…I don’t say that often enough. In today’s world…people say “I love you” way too much…do they mean it. Every phone conversation that I hear (mostly in the grocery market) ends with I love you. Now…I think that is wonderful…but sometimes…it seems not to mean much. Mmmm…seems I have gone off track! Thank you all and wishing you a day filled with observation and goodness.
I will send messages and hug the ones that are here right now. Thanks for the reminder .
Such a good reminder. I will text a photo with a note to my close friends and family, telling them how grateful I am and how important they are to me. I will also remind my friend and business partner, how grateful I am for him being in my life. He is such a tremendous force.
I’m not very creative, I think I’ll “just” be there for them with kind words, a cup of tea/coffee and ears and heart open to listen.
I had some trouble with the term “creative ways.” All I can say to this question is I lift my loved ones, friends, anyone I’ve been directly asked to pray for, and all of creation up in prayer each morning. I pray that they all and I will have wisdom for the day’s journey. I remember them again each night sending loving energies their way. Why do I pray this way? I pray this way because I do not know what is best for them but want them to have the wisdom to navigate what life is offering them moment by moment. That said, I have a wish that our species would learn to be evolutionary not revolutionary in its quest to solve our differences and save our planet. I’m also very vocal with telling my family and my friends that I love them and appreciate them. I’m very vocal about thanking them for all they do for me. A quote comes to mind: “A well taken care of today will pave the way for a well taken care of tomorrow.” SRI SWAMI SATCHIDANANDA
You are spot on, Carol! I agree with you wholeheartedly! Thank you!
Thank you, Carol for echoing my sentiments so beautifully today.
I have a couple Christmas cards that still need mailing. I can show up with my authentic self to those I live in close proximity to.
Yes, I will do that as well.
I’m not sure about the creativity part, and my family and I are separated by long miles. I just try to to be there wholeheartedly for them when we are together in person or on the phone, offering encouragement and support, and always expressing my love for them.
My 9o year old father spoke to me on the phone yesterday for the first time since Thanksgiving when he came down with covid and lots of complications that followed. My family said he was depressed and had lost his will. Two calls previous to yesterday I told my older sister that if he did not wish to speak just tell him I love him and I will keep trying. Ruth said good luck. Yesterday luck was on my side. He audibly does not have his normal spark but he finally spoke to me.
For the creative part I will make my wife French toast for breakfast this morning.
Yum, now I want some French toast. I’m sure she loved it. I’m glad you got to speak to your father.
Good Day, Joseph!! How wonderful that you were able to speak with your father! I wish him a healthy recovery and some happiness to encourage him.
What a great gesture to make your wife French Toast!! I am sure she was smiling. God Bless
I’m glad you got to talk with him, and sorry to hear of his health challenges.
The French toast is a very good idea!
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