Have you ever noticed how, every now and then, certain thoughts get planted in our minds and then the world around us seems to reinforce that thought? Personally, I like to think this happens because it’s a divine lesson or message.
Lately I’ve had the phrase “love is an action word” pop into my head at least once a day for no apparent reason. I’ve been reminded that, you can say you care about someone, but effort is needed for that person to see and feel it. Love is more meaningful as a verb than a noun.
So today I spotted this article from Tiny Buddha, “The Ten Most Important Things We Can Do for the People We Love.” Boom. Ten actions. Ten verbs. Here’s a link to the full article, but below is a summary and the free prize inside.
- Be present. Put down the phone. Focus on the person in front of you. Texts and emails can wait.
- Listen deeply. Instead of plotting what to say next or what advice to offer, listen completely and try to understand. Be there.
3. Speak truthfully. No matter how tempting, do not try to appear perfect by concealing imperfections.
4. Accept fully. Every quirk, edge, and shortcoming is part of the complete package.
5. Interpret compassionately. Do not assume the worst. Extend the benefit of the doubt.
6. Forgive often. Pretty self-explanatory.
7. Appreciate vocally. “You’re awesome and you should know it.”
8. Give freely. This includes love, support, understanding, well wishes, and help.
9. Remain unbiased. Put away what you think you know about someone until they show you who/what they actually are.
10. Love anyway. Moods happen.
On an unrelated note, the flowers in my house right now are off the charts beautiful. The hyacinth smells like heaven.