It Began With Green Nail Polish
(Family Video store, Cindy at the counter, Nov 2017)
Where do you get them done?
I go back to my hometown Portage, WI, every two weeks and get them done.
Wow, that is a long way to go!
I pick up my mom, she is almost blind and it gives my dad a break and we go to the nail salon together.
(I am awed…amazed…curious)
How old are you?
They obviously broke the mold when they made you…you are really something!
Well, my parents and grandparents aren’t going to be around forever.
I am proud of you.
I am a mom and gramma too, so I appreciate what you are doing very much.
Well, I hope your family treats you special too.
Oh, now I’m going to cry.
Aw, well have a nice day!
Back to my car…tears on my cheeks!
(I did not know this gal, just read her name tag….but her kind words took me up and beyond for hours!)
Words of Affirmation
“Actions don’t always speak louder than words. If this is your love language, unsolicited compliments mean the world to you. Hearing the words, “I love you,” are important – hearing the reasons behind that love sends your spirits skyward. Insults can leave you shattered and are not easily forgotten. Kind, encouraging, and positive words are truly life-giving.”
Above comes from my friends, Eric and Jennifer Garcia Co-Founders of AMFM (Association of Marriage & Family Ministries), who have now developed a site 40DayLoveDare.com. I took the quiz, but I already knew where it would land. Words are so important to me; they build me up but…. can tear me down instantly.
As I’ve aged and gained wisdom and discernment, I’ve also learned that my words can build up or tear down as well. I work hard to not use mean ugly words. I can express myself, even in hurt and anger without being mean. Instead I’ve learned to use my emotional “pause” button when I feel hurt or threatened. I’ve been practicing for years to always wear a smile, and find something kind to say with sincerity.
During this holiday, focus on thanking God. No matter what is going on, there is ALWAYS something to be grateful for….even if it’s for each breath you take. Be kind and gracious to others this holiday season. In stepliving, greet family and children no matter what day you celebrate on…avoid fights and arguments and “what about me”. Tell those you love, “I love you.” There are some folks who have lost a loved one since last holiday and they are dealing with painful grief.