21 hugs, 2 children, 18 (possibly more) adults (1 husband, 17 church friends)

Come Sundays I really don’t know how many people I hug. I get so wrapped up in the act of hugging that I completely lose track. I love that. This Sunday was no different. And, to top it off it’s official. I HAVE become that hugger in church. You know, the one that hugs everyone. When we turned to greet each other today, I officially hugged every person around me. Sure, I am still holding on to a little bit of the what if they don’t like it feeling, but I realized something on the way home. They don’t have to like it. They don’t have to hug me. I am going to hug them because I want to. Because I want to make them feel as welcome in the church as I do. Why should I hold back something I want to do and make myself uncomfortable just to keep someone else from potentially being uncomfortable? It’s like this:

Fact: I will be uncomfortable if I don’t hug those around me.

Fact: I will feel great about myself knowing I expressed my love to others in the best way I know how.

Unknown: They will not like it.

Unknown: They will feel uncomfortable.

Unknown: They will like it.

Unknown: They may need it.

Unknown: They will be grateful that I took the initiative.

So, if I know I can control the way I feel and giving hugs feels good to me then isn’t it work the risk?  I mean, I have a 50/50 chance that they will like it too. (actually those odds are probably higher) Yeah, I’ll take that risk any day.

Doesn't that look good??

And here’s the way I will spend the rest of my day. Go GIANTS!

Please accept this blog as my virtual hug to you.


2 thoughts on “Day 299 – SUPERBOWL SUNDAY

  1. Melinda,
    “Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.” from a course in Miracles by Marianne Williamson.

    so…go on and hug somebody Melinda—it liberates all of us!!!

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