This post has been sitting in a draft folder in WordPress and in my thoughts for quite some time. The title won’t work the way I want, but that is not enough reason to hold back on writing it. I could revise this a hundred times and maybe I would never feel it was coming out properly. So, here it is and hopefully it speaks to you.
As we go about our days we often assume that others know we appreciate them or how much we care. In reality, they probably know it deep down. Here is the thing though… this world is tough on us. Each day we ride into what feels like a mental battle to earn a check to keep the bills paid. We encounter plenty of people who are quick to let us know when we mess up and usually slow to tell us when we do a good job. So we bolster ourselves and keep moving forward.
Those days wear on most of us. You see this in stories and in social media posts. You hear it in conversations with friends. If you are like most people, you feel it yourself on a regular basis.
This is where sharing your care comes in. No matter how much we think the people in our lives know that we care, it never hurts to share it with them regularly. Sprinkle it generously like some extra sparkly magical glitter. We can all use more magic and care in our lives.
From my perspective, it is that care, encouragement, and love that keeps me going. Friends, I know all too well when I make a mistake or mess up and I am quite frustratingly aware of most of my flaws. What I tend to have a hard time remembering when life gets crazy is all the good stuff. It is not that I forget about it, it is more that it is buried under all the other stuff going on in life and in my brain.
Tell people that you care. Compliment them. Let them know the cool little things they may not realize make them special and make you appreciate them. These little things carry so much more weight than you would ever believe. There are times that our care is what helps someone find their strength. Just knowing you are appreciated for who you are and what you bring to lives of those around you can make even the worst day a bit better.
Get specific with your glitter shower… Tell someone that you love their corny jokes, tell them that their progress in working out inspires you, tell them that their big heart is their most beautiful asset, tell them that their laughter is one of the best sounds to hear. Whatever those things are that you think are awesome, tell them!
Don’t assume you can tell them later. Don’t assume they know you appreciate them or what you appreciate about them.
Our greatest gifts often cost nothing.