Where are the places that you have time to reflect?
This past weekend, I spent time at Amicalola Falls on our Women's Retreat. Each year, I enjoy the opportunity to explore the landscape on a hike. While I was hiking on Saturday, I had some time to reflect on things I had heard and read over the past few weeks and consider how that might impact my journey forward.
An author I enjoy, Rachel Macy Stafford, shared in an interview about a study with college athletes. They were asked what their parents said that made them feel great, that amplified their joy during and after a ballgame. Their overwhelming response: "I love to watch you play." Upon reflection, she realized the amazing way this response then connected with her own children.
As I thought more about it, this phrase, "I love to watch you..." can apply to all parts of our relationships. When our first thought may be criticism, instead may we start with affirmation. When our first thought is competition, instead may we start with collaboration. When our first thought is there is not enough, maybe we start with there's more than enough.
As you go into this week, when you encounter loved ones or strangers, notice things that you love first and say them out loud.