Good evening and hope this finds you well!
I had a high school reunion this past weekend and had my kids as well so I had a very nice time. My kids and I went out to a park today and got to spend some quality time which was nice.
After I took them back to their mothers I decided to finish reading The Greatest Salesman in the World by Og Mandino, more spiritual than just a self help book. Anyway I drove to a park that is situated on the water in Knoxville and sat down to read. I was reading Chapter 9, Scroll 3, which states…I will greet this day with love in my heart…
Nearby there is a swimming area and I noticed a grandfather playing in the shallow area with his grandson. The boy was scared to go in the deep end but I listened to the grandfather talk to the boy and he told him about when his grandfather taught him how to swim. He asked him “don’t you want to have a story to tell one day about when you learned to swim?” He was very patient and stayed “present” with the 7-8 year old boy and didn’t push him to do anything. He basically said that and continued to play with him.
Eventually the boy asked him to go to the deep water and try to swim to him. He tried and he succeeded to go a few feet BUT he TRIED! It was amazing how patient the granddad was and how his focus was solely on the boy. No one else mattered…and the boy was smiling from the fact he faced his fears and swam to his grandfather.
I had an overwhelming prompting to tell the man that I watched what he did, what he said, and I appreciated his attention to his grandson so as I left I walked down to the man and told him what a great job he was doing with the young boy, giving him positive encouragement, etc. He immediately burst into tears and walked off for a moment. I smiled and said it was ok, and he came back and gave me a small hug and told me that I had made his day, and that I had no idea of how much he needed to hear that. He introduced me to his entire family, and proceeded to tell me that his grandson was his world, and being a good example is what life is all about. I didn’t stay long, I just told him his leadership and love was appreciated, and obviously something had happened in their life to create such emotion. I don’t know what and I didn’t ask…
My point is this, dare to be uncomfortable, and try to go out of your way to make someone’s day. I’m not trying to pat myself on the back as I write this, but I did walk away feeling better that I was able to bring a man to tears for something he did naturally in just paying complete attention to his grandson, and giving him life lessons that can shape this young boy’s life. Let’s all try to use this example in our personal lives. One primal need we have is to feel loved and appreciated. Be “present” with your loved ones, tell someone they are loved and appreciated this week without expecting anything in return. You’ll feel great doing it…I know I do!! I left the park emotional myself,curious about why he broke down, but I didn’t question that my prompting was absolutely the right thing to do, and that I made a strangers day. I hope you have a great week!!