As I was writing last week’s blog about the thin line we all live on, my sister Jill was being admitted into the hospital. I knew she had been sick with pneumonia, and my family and I thought that was the reason. However, after a week of testing, they have discovered she is dealing with something much more serious. With a very heavy heart, I have to say Jill is another example of life’s thin line.
As you would expect, my mind is racing and my emotions are all over the place. My heart has moved from my chest to my mouth. Of my many thoughts, I find myself questioning whether or not I have been a loving and compassionate brother for my sister. I love her and I am proud of the person she is but I know I haven’t told her that enough.
That’s the lesson. Share the positive thoughts and feelings you have for the people in your life with those people. Why keep appreciative thoughts in feeling to yourself? Verbalize how you feel, whether you think they know it or not. Assuming they know is not enough.
Take that thought and apply it to your family, friends and co-workers. For some reason, it seems easier to complain about people than it is to express praise or admiration. Look for the good in the people in your circle of life and let them know you see it. It will help your family, friends and co-workers grow closer.