Hi, Lifesong Family!
There is a person that I know; we’ll call her “Julie” for privacy. She is an awesome woman. She’s strong, smart, serious, and organized. She’s very direct when she’s talking to you, and you can feel that she’s guarded. This was my picture of her up until one day she met my daughter Gia. Julie was all of the sudden a different person! She let her guard down. Her tough exterior melted. Her voice became sweet, melodious, engaging. “Hello, little sweet Gia!,” she exclaimed with a true smile… Pretty cool to see.
Now, wouldn’t it be neat to see grown-ups greet each other like this?
Unguarded. Engaging. Nurturing. Lyrical.
What if we went around talking to each other as if the other person was the sweetest little thing in the world?
“Oh, Hello, sweet little Cassie! Aren’t you just the cutest little teacher!”
You know those people in your life who say that they don’t sing? Most will sing for a baby, and I don’t care if the notes or the words are wrong, it’s the most authentic thing to hear. We know that babies won’t judge us. We know that they are vulnerable and need care.
So my challenge for you today is to be a little less guarded when interacting with people today. Be more lyrical with your voice. Let your intonation go up and down freely. Surprise someone today with your warm, melodious authenticity.
What are some other instances where you observe people are less guarded?