Share the Love - part 2

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So Challenge One...Part 2.

  • Children. This was so easy. I have no hesitation in specifying what I love about these three, but I doubt I make it explicit enough. I read once that it takes five positive messages to counter balance one negative one when it comes to our children. I certainly remember this as a teenager. Being raised by a single mother with no one to mediate, meant I was super-sensitive to anything I saw as a slight. The moment was a bit cheesy, as one said, 'That was a bit awkward!' but it needed to be said. As the girls are growing up I see less and less of them so these moments are crucial. One of the most precious things about them is their patience with their 'bonnemaman'. Their grandma- my mum- lives with us. She is French, fiesty and at times unforgiving. Coming from a much older, more formal generation she has not been the homely, nurturing grandma they would have liked. Yet this mulit-generational living has helped them develop into open-minded, tolerant and adaptable young people and I absolutely love this about them.

Reflections on the challenge.

  • It can feel like I live in a small, confined world as I focus on caring, work and keeping our lives ticking over. At times, I have burrowed myself away and used routines, creating a 'ship-shape' home, as a distraction. This challenge refocuses on those people who you care about, but who also care about you: friends, family, colleagues, neighbours who inspire, who accept, who support. It also makes you feel like a better person, noticing the love around you. If the aim of this challenge is to reconnect and take you beyond yourself, it succeeds. It is actually a lovely habit to slip into everyday life. It is simply about looking upwards, outwards, noticing and sometimes vocalising what you value about those around you.

This challenge worked for me Chris and I thank you for it!


Mother, wife, daughter, teacher...

Firmly stuck in the 'sandwich generation' category, I am 46 years old and looking to shake things up a bit! I am a teacher, which I love - but it takes over your life! A mother of three - two daughters, 16 and 15, a son aged 11. Wife to Simon for 19 years. Carer for rather eccentric mum, aged 89.


Go to the profile of Chris Baréz-Brown
about 6 years ago
Am so glad! That is great news that the experiment was a success. You hit the nail on the head in terms of it helping you reconnect and take yourself out of your comfort zone. Hooray! C x
Go to the profile of Ellen Rowlands
about 6 years ago
It sounds like taking this time was well worth it for you. Thanks for sharing. :)
Go to the profile of Jacqui
about 6 years ago
Thank you Ellen. I am still reminding myself to be aware of what I love about those around me. It is a lovelier way to view the world!