#reverb day 8

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

December 8 – Beautifully Different. Think about what makes you different and what you do that lights people up. Reflect on all the things that make you different – you’ll find they’re what make you beautiful. (Author: Karen Walrond)

Yikes, these are getting difficult.  There's nothing tougher than seeing the good in yourself, is there?

I'd like to think that I'm different because I care so much.  To the point of fault actually.  I care far too much about what others think, particularly if they are loved ones.  I occasionally catch myself rehearsing conversations I've already had - as if I'll get a second chance to say the right thing.  I overanalyze situations after the fact and wonder if something I said offended someone.  Yes, it isn't always healthy!

In a lot of sense, of course, it is a positive quality.  Children or animals in pain physically hurts me (seriously, I burst into tears once hearing a radio news report about an injured child that I knew nothing of).  I think it makes me good at my job.  Being a consultant can be difficult as you don't get to make decisions - only offer advice and recommendations.  But being a consultant that cares patiently proves to your client that you are looking out for their best interests.

I like to think this also makes me a better mother.  I'm passionately trying to instill in my son a sense of justice and caring.  Nothing makes me more proud of him than seeing him treat someone kindly, even if it is just sharing a toy or helping someone who is hurt or sad.  He can do any number of genius things, but I'm most proud of him when he shows how caring he is.  In my mind, everything else can be taught, but a caring attitude is something that is instilled in you from birth.  As a parent, I think that is our main purpose.
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