Something a friend said to me once has really stuck. She said, don't just tell your kids that you love them, tell them so much more. My son agrees and says, 'you're my mum and it's your job to tell me that you love me!'. So true. Saying 'I love you' doesn't have the kick it once did, but please don't stop saying these words either!! We need them more than ever in our families, with our friends and in our communities. More love and connection will only make the world better... But we can take this up a notch and explode this idea...
Anxiety and depression are at an all time high and with all the pitfalls of life and a pandemic thrown in, shit, it's amazing we're all coping at all. Some of us are, some of us aren't. There are many slipping through the cracks and more compassion and empathy is just what we need.
Let's start a movement to chip away at the fear and instill more hope and light.
Now I make sure that I tell my son and all my special people so much more:
'you are awesome'
'you are so funny'
'you are super special'
'you are kind'
'you are so thoughtful'
'you are clever'
I won't ever stop telling my kids and my partner these things and it feels so good, especially when it lands. It lands and the other person really hears this and we both feel great. We need to tell each other how amazing we are and get out from under the dark cloud of overwhelm and suffering.
Slip a note #youareawesome into your child's lunch bag, partner's gym bag, friend's handbag or even just under their pillow to spread the world. Then this person can #payitforward (the phrase made famous by the movie) and give the same note to someone in their world who also really needs it. Share your love and connections with us #youareawesome and make someone's day.
Sometimes the smallest act of kindness is all it takes to turn someone's day around. #youareawesome #fridgetogo