24 May Love Languages & Memes
I like to reflect on and share these insights of various love languages, particularly with my friends who have adult children. The relationships with our children change and evolve, and we need to make room for others in their lives. Chatting with a friend recently, I asked her what shared interests she had with her adult son. “Can you focus on those shared interests and perhaps give the career counselling a bit of a break?” I suggested in a bossy way that strong friendships can endure (xo). It can be so tough as a parent to know when to implement the full-court press and when to sit quietly in the stands. When we’re taking a back seat, we don’t have to stop demonstrating our love (except maybe sharing their infamous childhood “bathtub” photos on social media *wink*), we can let them know they are on our mind with sweet messages relating to interests we both share.
As I was reflecting on this earlier today, the “meme” part had me following another path. A popular meme, particularly in self-help camps is:
This approach isn’t just for relationships, but for other important aspects of our lives. Every career has elements and tasks involved that don’t always elicit a “hell yes”, but we recognize that they’re an essential piece of a much larger puzzle. I may not gleefully shout out “hell yes” when I see a discarded wrapper or soda pop can while out on the trail, but I pick it up because it’s important for the community at large.
Very few actions are neutral. They’re either building something or eroding something. If we hold firm to the idea that everything should be a “hell yes”, we may erode the very things that mean the most to us, and that would be such a shame.
On that note, my phone just pinged, and I’ve got a hilarious dog video to view, which, for me, is always a “hell yes”!
Once again, I wish to express my gratitude and appreciation for your presence in the Kind Living community.