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I can listen attentively to their words. I can respond in a calm and compassionate manor.
WHAT WAYS CAN I SHOW THE ONES I LOVE HOW GRATEFUL I AM FOR THEM TODAY?
Before I name what CREATIVE WAYS I can show them I want to identify a impactful way to show gratitude and it is ACTIVE LISTENING, allow them to vent with no judgement and ask if feedback is accepted. NOW a Creative Way is by cooking a new dish [ they say I can cook so I made a new dish for my sister 🙂 ]. Another way is painting while reflecting; I love to paint and will be painting with a friend of mine (AJ) ; the great thing about this is that the painting I am painting is for another friend (Tom) so this is 1 Creative way I am able to practice gratitude attitude for 3 individuals MYSELF (first), AJ and Tom 🙂 everyone wins.
Wow! I am bad at this. I mean, I know I am grateful for several things, but I always fail to show it. Probably I’ll learn a few ways here today 🙂
Son-with a fun sleepover he’s been asking for.
Daughter-making bread-getting her permit
I wrote a letter to my younger daughter sharing how much I love her and continue to give thanks for her and learn from her. I also expressed my happiness at her upcoming marriage.
I love this question, I love so many people in my life! And I too needed to read some replies first, particularly because I have had some upsetting interactions with someone I love and feel hurt by, AND I am trying to stay on my own side of the street and remember compassion and love without losing myself. I too am a people pleaser.. I saw a very funny thing online that said ” I am a recovering people pleaser, is that ok?” Made me laugh really hard! And I am trying to be present and show up but sometimes it gets very tricky. So maybe I can’t DO an action today but sometimes giving someone love and space and room could be a way to express gratitude …esp if they can’t receive that love or gesture right now!!!
Make something with my hands, just for the person in mind.
I read all the replies before thinking about my answer and I am glad I did – what a lot of lovely ideas. I am going to take so many of them on board and really focus on showing my gratitude and love. I will try to be extra thoughtful about my husband and search for little ways I can quietly make his life easier as a thank you for all he does for me. I love the idea of notes both to specified recipients and to those I may never meet. And I will just try to say it more rather than assuming people know. Another good question to make me more aware of my actions and their consequences.
I had been challenging myself, after a lifetime of writing and re-writing to-do lists, to put that aside, and be more spontaneous…..but realize it is too easy for me to simply be lazy when I have basic chores done. I restarted the LIST habit recently, and have tried to approach it in a different way, ending the day with gratitude for what is DONE rather than disappointment at what is left over. Today I have a long list of “things to do,” so this question at first sparked the thought, “I have no time for creativity today.” Then I read over my list, and recognize that all the things I want to accomplish are ways of showing love! So I will add some singing and dancing and remind myself to be grateful for my family, friends and wider community….and all the earth!….while I make phone calls, write notes, prepare a batch of rhubarb compote, and complete an on-line training. Thank you for inviting me to this dance of love and life.
Right now I am deeply grateful. For the past 3 days I have been visiting and staying with my friends here their simple little house in the woods. Showing my appreciation for their warmth and welcome is a delight. How? By laughing and sharing conversations together. By cooking with them and doing the meal dishes; by bringing them plants for their garden—fennel, lavender, sage to be specific. They love creating their little garden, and spend much of their days puttering in it. It was fun to buy them some herbs that they didn’t have.
That’s amazing. And buying anything for somebody’s garden will forever will cherished.
aww, that was so thoughtful!
Well, it might not be today, but when we run out, I might make my parents some more of the Tahitian coconut bread I made the other day.
Oh, that sounds delightful!
A smile and wave to everyone I pass by walking to the park. Coffee and a kiss for my husband, Sending a special note of love to a friend.
By cooking them dinner. By respecting their space. By putting out positive energy. By saying thank you.
My husband is at work at 4:30 a.m., and has been for eight years, so we text our “good mornings” to each other, every day he’s at work. I learned indirectly that one of my sons let his driver’s license expire. He is not living with us now and he tries so hard to be independent, but I offered to get him to the BMV for anything he needs (he did not ask for help but gladly accepted when I offered). I’m making shortbread for my husband and brownies for my son who is with us for summer – keeping them in supply of their favorite nibbles. I’m on dinner tonight, too. I’m still painting/renovating the kitchen right now, which may not seem at first like showing love or gratitude, but as everyone knows it needs doing, and no one wants to do it or pay for it, it is the kind of thing I can do to make things better for my loved ones. And perhaps most of all, this may not be creative, but mostly I just try to see them for who they are, notice how they are feeling or what is going on with them, appreciate them for who they are, and listen to what they want to say.
That last part… so important
I can make breakfast or dinner.
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