It's a Gusher!
When one of the music selections for a recent Sunday was “Shower the People You Love With Love,” I heard it loud and clear.
We should all be gushing our love and affection for the people we love and hold dear! We should - all the time! If you love someone, tell them. If you think someone – your boyfriend, your girlfriend, your husband, your wife, your best friend - is really super, tell them. If you think your son or daughter “hung the moon,” tell them. Whatever it is – tell them. Say it. Say it with all the enthusiasm you feel! Why not tell the cashier, the server, the tour guide that they have great customer service skills? Why hold back?
And if the response is a puzzled, “Huh?” …Or a strange look or a shrug – so what? Does their response really change how I feel? If their response causes me to rethink my enthusiasm, I might need to examine what it was I really felt in the first place. Someone else’s reaction is their issue – I’m feeling love, affection, appreciation, and gratitude.
So, I’m going to be a gusher – or my version of a gusher, at least. From now on, I’m telling people how I feel about them. I’m not going to take it for granted that they know already. And I’ve learned a lot of this from the very person who first taught me restraint: my mother. Yes, my own mother became one of the biggest and best gushers I know! From the woman who rarely said how she felt beyond irritation and annoyance when I was a child, I have learned just how magical it is to be told that I am loved. Before my mother died, we talked every night on the phone at 7:30 and she told me over and over how much she loved me and how important I was to her. It is an amazing feeling and I know I want to share that with everyone I can!
So, Ahava Center for Spiritual Living, you are pretty super and I love you!