10+ New Hugs (1 waitress at Andy’s Burgers, 9+ new church friends)
It’s hot. H.O.T. hot. I want to hug I really do. And I still am most of the time. But, it’s HOT! We have had over 100 degree weather for the past few days and I don’t alway want people that close to me when it’s that hot. Not even my kids. (Yes, it’s THAT hot) Oh wait, did I tell you… it’s hot. Ok, ok, I promise I won’t say it again.
It’s not just me. I see others around me that I hug on a regular basis kind of keeping their distance too. A non verbal cue that let’s me know perhaps now is not the time. I get it, I totally do and actually really appreciate it. That’s the thing about hugging. It’s important to remember that I am doing it for the sake of others. I am not doing it for me. I reap amazing benefits, but only because I am lifting the spirits of those around me. If I choose to ignore body language and subtle cues of those I want to hug that kind of defeats the purpose. I may end up creating a bad experience for that person. Which reminds me of a quote from Mother Teresa:
Spread love everywhere you go. Let no one ever come to you without leaving happier.
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I choose to live this every day. So, every day I will watch body language. I will pick up cues. I will monitor my own internal feelings and be sure that every person that comes in to contact with me leaves happier, whether they have received a hug or not.
Please accept this blog as my virtual hug to you.