We need to be careful with our words before we let them escape. Are they encouraging and kind? Are they shared with a smile and maybe with laughter to bring joy to someone? Are they filled with love and tenderness? Do we speak to friends and acquaintances nicer than we do our spouses, children and other family members? In fact, do we show better manners and respect to others than we do to those in our family? Are we quick to listen to a friend that wants to talk to us about something, but tell our children, “wait till I get finished with the laundry, dinner, or the dishes?” Do we have time and energy to go shopping or to the movies with our girlfriends, but don’t understand why our husbands feel like we aren’t spending time with them?
Here’s my point: We need to always make sure we speak in respectful and loving ways to those in our family, first. We should use our very best manners with those we love, first. In my household, we speak very respectfully to one another… we complement each other, and say lots of thank you, even for little things. We say “I love you” often and hug a lot too. It’s not formal, it’s just kind and loving because we care about each other more than we care about anyone else. We also joke, kid, laugh, and have fun too. We have a lot of joy in our home. I have always believed that love and kindness begin at home and that it grows and overflows from there.
I also believe that you have to learn to be a good listener and that that starts at home too. Home is a sacred place, wherever it is, and all those who are there should be treated with the utmost respect.
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