The great gift to give to those around you this season … the gift of presence.
Be present in conversations. Look into the eyes of the one to whom you are speaking. Nod acknowledgement without rehearsing what your next words may be.
Take your hands off the computer keyboard as you engage in conversation. Let your family and friends know you are very present in that moment in time.
Put away the electronic devices when others are around. Go through the meal time without glancing at or using your device. What a gift that could be.
Most people simply want to be validated, to be recognized. We do that best by being present in all of our interactions.
Give the gift of eye contact.
Give the gift of a listening ear and an inviting conversation.
Give full attention. That is a game-changing gift.
And wait for the response.
You’ll create a sense of being wanted, being listened to and being appreciated.
And it will flow back to you in ripples and waves.
P Michael Biggs
One Word at a Time