“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” – Maya Angelou
I love this quote and I definitely believe that this is true. How you make someone feel or how someone made YOU feel is something that we all remember for a very long time. As we are working on our own goals and building our path towards plenty, it’s important to include time and energy to show those people that are important to us how much they mean and how we are there for them.
If your path includes being a caregiver, you are in constant contact with one (or more) of those people that are important to you in some way. Those are also the people that we sometimes forget to demonstrate how we care about them and give them a positive takeaway feeling. This week, if you find yourself feeling frustrated at your situation or frustrated by the actions of someone close to you, take a moment and see if there is some way that you can intentionally make them feel how special they are to you. The amazing thing about this type of thinking is that often it is reciprocated.
Think about when a child comes up to you and they can just tell that you are sad or not feeling good. They will freely say “I Love You” as their way of showing how they feel about you. How does that make you feel? Kind of choked up right – and what do we often do…we say “I Love You” right back to them. Or how about another way that kids can make us feel good. Out of the blue they will hand us something that they think we may like. Maybe it’s a flower they just picked for you (aren’t dandelions great!), or their favorite stuffed animal so you can give it a hug, or even that surprise frog or bug that they know will be exciting for you! They are making you feel how special you are to them, and it didn’t take much, did it.
Can you think of a way that you can make someone feel special this week? I’d love to hear you ideas below in the comments. And if someone made you feel special, feel free to share that too. Have a great week!