The California Sun burns bright on this Spring day: 88 degrees in the East San Francisco Bay. One of my online groups shared “warm fuzzies” or affirmations today, and that got me thinking about warmth.
As a highly sensitive empath, I find it difficult to trust people who exhibit a lack of warmth. Somehow in our modern world of social media thumbs-up’s, we’ve forgotten how to truly acknowledge people. It doesn’t take too much effort to acknowledge when people do a good job. I think it is really important to express to the special people in your life, that they are indeed, very special people in your life. And I mean, really acknowledge. I don’t think it counts when someone says “I’m sorry,” but they don’t even sound like they mean it. Sadly, people can say “You’re pretty,” or even “Good Job,” in that same hurried, flat tone.
Say it with meaning. I like to add in some unusual, uncommon words. Then, it works even better. The listener perks up at the unusual phrase, he or she knows you thought about it, and hopefully they will remember the compliment and affirmation. Here are some phrases I like to use.
“I affirm you.”
This is a powerful statement. “Good job,” is something you say to your dog.
Using the Shakespearian word for beautiful underlines the enhanced beauty.
“Thank you for all you do.”
Gratitude for not just the thing right now, but all of the things from before, and all the good things to come.
“Know that you are very special to me [and my family].”
Hopefully they already know this, but saying it out loud affirms your respect.
How will you show your warmth today?