Did you ever show up and show off and it seemed like no one even noticed?
What do I mean by that...did you cook a great meal that your family didn't appreciate? Did you really ROCK a project at work and they said hey that's "doing your job"? Maybe you spent all day cleaning the house, went out of your way to do that extra then you turn around to see your family dump their junk all over the kitchen table.
So you get it...you go and do something but when you stop, look around... no one saw or cared. What was the impact of that in your life? How did that make you feel?
I got REALLY present to this tonight. My 5 year old daughter attends Little Gym. She traditionally is the youngest and smallest in her class but seems to excel at a rapid rate...and I asked myself WHY? I was never in gymnastics or really never played a sport. My husband was a soccer stud but hang from bars and balance beams were not his thing :) We don't work on this stuff at home etc etc... HOW? WHY?
So I look around the room and really noticed something...actually frightful to me...every parent in the room was sitting there with their heads down on their ipads, ipods, phones, blackberry...whatever, you get the idea. EVERY SINGLE ONE OF THEM. I had noticed this before but it really clicked for me tonight...
Now don't get me wrong, I am a work in progress. I have screwed up a ton in the past and will continue to screw a ton up in the future...
BUT for that 1 hour my daughter is in Little Gym my eyes are all on HER. I get to see her COURAGE and DETERMINATION. Her TRIUMPHS and STRUGGLES. I am so often moved to tears when I watch her...in awe with every challenge she takes on!!
She is SHOWING UP and SHOWING OFF and just wants someone to notice. And what's the impact of that??!! She gets more courage, confidence, joy, and fun and eventually excels at what she does.
We all get these tiny moments to build trust, love & respect with our kids...they are tiny blocks on top of blocks. Don't miss this one.
I encourage you...next time you are at your kids function...LOOK UP! Keep the phone, ipads, ipods, blackberry IN THE CAR.
Appreciate them for all they are and all they are not...and then share what you saw with them!!!
I guarantee the impact of THAT moment will be MORE fulfilling than unlocking the 9th level of Angry Birds.
B the light (your kids are watching)
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