I never knew…

how valuable out-loud, direct, focused and detailed appreciations could mean to another person….My sister and I dropped off our daughters to camp on Sunday and towards the end of a nice hike in the woods afterwards, I got to spend focused, un-interrupted time sharing with her just how meaningful she is to me.  Wow – it was emotional for both of us.  I had no idea how much she was at a time in her journey when she NEEDED to hear this from someone who loved her.  I was blown away by the impact and relevance of this sharing and realized how lasting that memory will be for both of us now.  

So the beat goes on…it is starting to come more naturally this “art” of appreciating – it is like ice cream – I don’t want to stop!  And, I will also confess that when my own heart is heavy, it becomes more of a challenge.  I am grieving the impending loss of my dog soon and I am bereft and sick with grief.  I feel like I am moving slowly through thick emotional “mud”. So, like other times in life, my own compass is altered and a pity-party could ensue.  For the simple fact that I have made this commitment, I am grateful for the mechanism requiring me to continue to look outward.  I’m appreciating a sharing from a fellow coach recently on a training call – “Through reflection comes direction. “