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Monday, December 19, 2011

Mama Mondays- Because We Can

Have you ever walked past someone and thought, "wow, I really like her (insert clothing item or facial feature here), but didn't tell her?

Have you ever been in a conversation and wanted to tell the person how much they mean to you, but didn't tell them?

Have you ever had a thought to do something kind for a neighbor, but decided to justify why you couldn't or shouldn't?

So have I. 

After blogging so much about love, and being in the season of loving and caring for others, I have really been dwelling on something specific.  Doing kind things and saying kind things that I am thinking about others: because I can.  Because I can.  Because I shouldn't hold something back out of embarassment, or fear of how the other person will react.  After all, I am only responsible for what I say and how I say it, right?  And chances are, we stop short of expressing kindness when really it would start a chain of livingkindness that extends far beyond your moment of putting yourself out there by expressing your love for someone. 

Yesterday I was down baking 5 batches of scone orders and could hear Jeremy upstairs with the kids doing laundry.  I thought to myself, I love him, and I am lucky to be married to a man who would help me with laundry and the kids.  Then I thought to myself, why would I keep this to myself?  I need to share that with him to encourage him and make him feel special!  So I called up to him, and said, "Jeremy- I love you!!!"  He was a little surprised because it was out of nowhere.  He called back and said, "I love you, too!"  And then a minute later he said, "Did you say, I love you?"  Haha.  I said, "Yes, I was just thinking it and wanted to tell you!"  You could tell it meant so much to him to have a little random act of love sent his way, just because.  Because I could! 

When we know what love is, we have a unique ability and obligation to share it!  Even if we feel embarassed or nervous- we can truly make someone's day, and strengthen our relationships when we choose not to keep the love in our heart- but to let it go and add a little happiness to someone's day.  You could turn it from this:



to this:




Who will you love today, just because you can?  I would love to hear your "because I can" stories.  Please share!

Love,
Anna

1 comment:

  1. Have I told you how great you are. You are the best person I know. Love You!!
    Jeremy

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