A month or so ago, we were having a typical Saturday afternoon at home.
At some point, my wife and I were hanging in the kitchen and making some food together.
And I was a bit cranky.
Why was I cranky? I couldn’t actually put my finger on it. It was just my mood, I guess.
So I checked in with my commitments…
As part of my daily self-creation process, I create who I am as a husband and father:
I am an extraordinary husband and father, and I love with patience, presence, appreciation, and generosity.
This statement is powerful to me for two reasons:
It inspires me to move beyond my ordinary, default ways of being and acting (like reacting).
It defines for me what it is to love. Remember, like courage, love is a verb, not a noun, and I find it extremely useful to define the ways that I can create love.
I asked myself on that cranky Saturday afternoon: was I being patient? Present? Appreciative? Generous? Yes, I think I was being all those things.
But something was still missing…
What else would be an authentic expression of love in action with my family?
Enthusiasm! Excitement! Passion!
Enthuse: en-theos. God within. “To be inspired or possessed by a god.”
Enthusiasm for life. Enthusiasm for family. Enthusiasm to express and honor the spirit within me and within them - even when in a low mood.
Yes, that was missing.
Since then, I daily create myself in this vibrant and life-giving way - some days it's 'enthusiasm,' other days it's 'passion.'
Always, it's vibrant and life-giving.
My Saturdays with the family haven’t been quite the same since.
Thank you for reading. ❤️
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