Have you ever been somewhere...in a store...walking along...mowing your grass...in a stadium...wherever,
and you see someone (or a group of people) looking up? And then...you feel like you have to look up to see what they are looking at. And then, you notice that everyone walking by is looking up to see what everyone is looking at. Has that ever happened to you? Do you have the urge to look up right now just because you see a picture of me looking up?? You know, my little guy when he was about 12 months old for a few months in there at least, was famous for looking up and pointing up at things ALL THE TIME!! He figured out that people would always look up and ask him what he was looking at and it became a game for him! We found it quite humorous because anytime we were in a restaurant or just out and about and a stranger would come over to say "hi" to him (he's quite sociable and draws people in) he would point and look up and make them look up too!!
Oh...does that make you tired or what??? Don't you just feel like yaaaaaaaaaaaaaawning???? Who can't help but yawn when you see someone else yawn? It's sooooo CONTAGIOUS!!!!
You know, the other thing that never fails for me? It's when someone smiles at me! I HAVE to smile back!! Here's a smile for you:
Now, if all of these "non-verbals" are so contagious and we can't help but subconciously follow the example of the people who started it...let's consider the things we are leading people into...the things we do and and the way we live...the things that our children and friends either admire about us - or seem to copy whether they are good or bad. I learned a long time ago (as I'm sure you did too) that the, "Do as I say and not as I do" theory is a big farce! No one cares about what you say when they can compare it to what you do!! In bloggy land most people only have the opportunity to learn about you from the things you write, or "say" -- but in real life -- it's much different! What are your children, grandchildren, other family, friends, or acquaintances learning from you?
Just a friendly reminder that people are watching. Ignore this if you are notoriously paranoid (take your meds and repeat after me, "No one is watching...no one is watching...no one is watching...").
If I ever needed proof of this all I'd have to do is listen to my oldest daughter talk to her younger siblings! Holy Moses!! I always feel like I'm listening to a tape recording when she shows them how to do something, or when she "reprimends" them for doing something wrong! Have you ever watched your kid or grandkids when they were playing "house" and listened to they way they "played" mom or dad? Yikes!!!
You know Ghandi's famous quote, "Be the change you wish to see in the world." All it means is that you need to be and do the things that you want to see others being and doing!!
My good friend, Kris, is someone I really admire because she's so generous (I know lots of generous people, but I'm going to name Kris b/c she tends to be extremely generous)! At times when she's caught up with bills and financially in a good place she can't help but give wonderful gifts to people around her...friends and family. When things are a little tight she gives her time and presence to people. She just loves to give. She loves to love. I see her example in all her generous ways. NEVER ONCE has she ever said to anyone that this was the proper way to live. NEVER ONCE has she tried to convince others that they should do the same thing. I think many people want to be like her because they appreciate all that she does and is!! When people are so generous with me I always hope that I can "pay it forward" to someone else. I know how good it feels to receive - I want to be able to do the same for others!!
Have a fabulous weekend and put a big smile on your face. If you can't think of anything to smile about...go out somewhere and LOOK UP... watch as everyone else looks to see what's so interesting, then SMILE and walk away!!!