Have you ever had a moment when you didn't say what you wanted to say, but decided to let it go (let it go! Thank you Frozen)... and then were rewarded immediately, or even months later, by saying nothing?
And it's my hope that if I can teach my daughter anything (ok, minus all the things she may eventually discuss in therapy) it's to be nice to people. Everyone. Even the people who may not necessarily be the nicest... because they probably need it the most.
Be a good friend.
Be as encouraging as possible.
Because not everyone is, but everyone needs a cheerleader.
You just don't know what kind of day someone is having... when you can either make it worse for them or make it better by the words you choose to say or don't say at all.
Even one simple compliment can change a day.
I try to remember that with my friends & family, but also with strangers.
Haven't you ever had a stranger pay you a compliment & then think... well that was nice & they didn't have to say that... but they did & I should remember to do the same when I'm thinking something too.
Kindness & encouragement doesn't cost a thing, but it's worth more than anything money can buy. Everyone wants to know they matter.
On a similar note... last week I was given the gift of my niece's presence with us in Arizona. It was a memorable trip in so many ways & I KNOW that her mom (my sister that passed away) was with us & happy that we were together.
We stayed pretty busy doing things any 13-yr old would love. And believe it or not... I had fun doing everything too. Even the crazy ATV tour we took. As hesitant as I was to get on one, I loved every single second of it.
Even came back with a bit of a tan. Or it could've been just dirt considering everything we did. But either way, I'm less pale...
That pool. Yay. Gotta love salt-water pools. I NEVER jump into a pool all the way anymore. I spend too much money getting highlights to add chlorine to the "do." So when I walked over to the edge & jumped out into the middle of the pool where the girls were, Bryn was shocked and had a huge smile... & Sydney yelled, "YAY Aunt Deanie!!" Bob walked over with his camera so the girls said, "You get in the middle & we'll hold you." Posed for the picture together & then they proceeded to flip me over backwards without warning. Thanks for all the water up my nose! Might've been the first time I EVER actually did a full back flip. My cheerleading days involved a lot of yelling, smiling & herkies. Any attempt at back flips would've surely resulted in a neck brace.
We went from 4-wheels to 4 legs. Both required jeans & cowgirl boots. Hot & dirty. But lots of fun...
Got to see one of my besties twice while we were there. Have loved that girl like a sister since we were in 2nd grade!
So much fun!
And then we left 106 degrees in Arizona & came home to 78 degrees when we landed... almost a 30 degree difference.
Bryn said, "It's COLD here!"
I said, "Are you kidding me? This is AWESOME."
And then I got up the next morning, subbed a rockin' Zumba class, had my favorite lunch at Crazy Bowls & we were off to Illinois for a family wedding. Didn't get home & in bed that night until midnight. No rest for the wicked!
We eventually unpacked on Sunday. And it was back to work on Monday... my favorite day of the week.
And then school started too.
I should probably start doing some scrapbooking again.
And lunches with friends.
And more Zumba. LOL
It's good to be home...