16 HUGS, 3 children, 13 adults (1 husband, 1 friend at coffee shop, 10 friends at a birthday party, 1 employee at Jumpin Jax)
When I first started this journey I knew there was potential for certain risks, yet the benefits overwhelmingly outweighed any risk I would be taking. I had yet to encounter any of these risks until today.
I met a friend for coffee. I was intrigued by some of the life stories he had already shared and I wanted to hear more. I thought about what a great story it would make for my blog, another friend made during this year. Needless to say I was cursing my naivety by the time our conversation ended. He shared a few things that were completely inappropriate. I realized his motives were less than honorable. I left crying tears of hurt and anger. I couldn’t believe I allowed myself to be misled. It took conversations with my hubby and Mom as well as a few hours of deep thought to make me realize that I did nothing wrong. It took time for me to remember that when I started this journey I knew it would be possible that some people would misunderstand or take advantage of my kindness. In reality I am pleasantly surprised that it took this long.
I am still hurt and angry, but I will grow from this. As hurtful as it was I will not allow it to make me bitter. I will use it to become stronger. I will continue to spread kindness. I will continue to make the world a better place one hug at a time.
Thankfully I got a great boost in the middle of the day. 5 year old was at a birthday party at Jumpin Jax. The employee working the party is one of the ones that was working on International Hug Day. She immediately recognized me and I made my way over for a hug. She exclaimed, “But it’s not even Hug Day.” I told her briefly about my blog. She then shared with me that she went around hugging everyone that she could the last time I was there. *I melt* Then, as if that wasn’t enough, at the end of the party she exclaimed, “I love when you are here. You really make my day.” Ok, so I am going to cry again only this time they will be happy tears.
Please accept this blog as my virtual hug to you.