In order to exercise a character strength and inspire listeners to do the same, here are some of the moments that left me awe inspired this week! Please share one of yours at #InAWEtoRISE.
- While principal subbing at a local elementary school, I sat with a student in emotional challenge. After listening in silence for a bit, I noted how wonderful it felt to feel the cool breeze as well as the warm sun on my back. The student calmed and stated “I never thought of that before. I like it too.” Win!
- At alternative school graduation, I sat in awe while a student delivered a speech, providing authentic praise for the teaching staff and genuine gratitude. I wish I could bottle up the moment and watch the student get emotional from sincere feelings again. I am in awe of all teachers!
- Last Friday, I went out on my daily “run” with a dog who despises running and two girls on their bikes who were interested in getting out in the sunrise, but not too far. A short run for me with no processing and reflection time. BUT, I had just received a text from my husband’s sister letting us know of a terrible tragedy that befell a classmate of his. His wife died in a car accident the night before and child had been with. It granted me the halt to enjoy my children in this moment too. We must not take this for granted.
- My oldest and I have been sharing an important strategy for several months together that we co-created to ensure that our words leave those we love with no doubts if they are our last. Our code is MLW (My Last Words). She and her sister were arguing, which has been a common occurrence but lessened in frequency and intensity (for now) in the past several months. My oldest stopped herself in the midst of terrible words and said, “You know what? MLW. I love you.” and she walked away from the fight. This time. One time. It left me in awe of what intentional pouring can do over time.
- Beauty in the world illustrated here: