Everyone loves a kind, uncomplaining, sympathetic, cheerleader of a friend and that’s you, sweet enchantress. People don’t love us because we are successful in our carers. They love us for how we make them feel when they are with us. Learn these winning ways to gain respect and love.
A strong gust of wind blows in the forest. Which tree is left standing? The tree that bends. The tree gets relaxed and bends. It lets the wind just flow over it. That’s not the same thing as being a door mat and letting someone walk all over you. Surviving a difficult person is like a tree allowing the wind to just blow over it.
A client of mine was in Alaska visiting family. She and her two boys, ages four and two, were in a hotel room. In the hotel, the boys were playing around a dresser. On top of the dresser was a TV, which was quite heavy in those days. All of a sudden the boys knocked the TV down off the dresser.
It’s our day to celebrate the super important, might I say irreplaceable, role that moms play in our world. We do that by honoring our own mothers and those women who mothered us, by letting ourselves accept all the love that we deserve for mothering others, and passing that recognition and love down to our own daughters who are mothers.
It’s graduation time, which means commencement speeches. I had more fun listening to commencement speeches at my daughter’s high school graduation than I ever did at any college graduation. The high school commencement talks were more creative and less about trying to sound smart. Bill Gates’ speech, love him or hate him, comes pretty close to hitting home on what he said at a high school talk about the 11 things they did not learn in school.