Thursday, May 2, 2013

family garage sale & kind words


Today was a new day.  

A new me.  

More intentional, more mindful. 

We had a family garage sale with my sister and mother in our neighboring town, so the day began with us loading up the truck and getting the kids ready to go. 

The entire day I made sure to only use kind words and praises when I spoke to Joel. 

Our day was amazing.  It was the most stress-free garage sale I've ever had (and worst when it came to sales). 

Joel actually wanted to stay too (I thought he'd totally bail with the kids).  And when I told him I had a migraine coming on, he did his signature Indian ritual where he puts his hand where it hurts and then sings his Indian song.  I laughed and let him, he even sang in front of my mother and sister. (He does this with Jack and any child that he sees crying.  It usually makes them forget the pain, and sometimes even laugh.) 

I love him. 

We were both a team today, both building each other up.  And when I gave out a few compliments later in the day to Joel, I could tell I was getting to him as he tried not to smile, and looked ahead at the road and told me to stop it. 

It made me feel good to make him feel good. 

Words are so powerful.  They can destroy and wash away a hundred hugs and kisses, or they can build a relationship up and set the tone and bar for kindness and respect.

“Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself.” 
― Leo Tolstoy

1 comment:

  1. Beautiful, Olivia. Words can change everything in the blink of an eye. I love that you continually complimented Joel...and that he couldn't help but smile. I just lol because as I'm typing this (on my phone) Steve is snoring away. I just pushed him and said "Stop snoring!!" in the not so sweetest voice. I need to read your words again! :)
    Have a wonderful weekend! Xoxox

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"Perhaps you will forget tomorrow the kind words you say today, but the recipient may cherish them over a lifetime." -Dale Carnegie

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