This all started about a year ago. As she got older and heavier, it hurt my arms to hold her for very long. So I came up with a new way to hold her - like a baby, with her weight resting on my lap. It quickly changed from something I did on occasion, to something she required daily. We have come to call this daily ritual "Babs getting her 'mornin' lovin'."
It isn't just limited to the morning, however. We have learned that if she is acting up and getting into things, she just needs a little lovin'. Babs scratching the sofa- give her some lovin'! Babs knocking things off the table - give her some lovin'! Problem solved instantly.
The other day, my husband came home complaining about a crabby woman he had encountered that day. She was yelling at everyone, family, strangers, whoever came into her path. I jokingly blurted out, "she just needs some lovin'!" And then I thought maybe there really is something to that. Doesn't everyone need a bit of attention, to feel loved and respected? Can you imagine what the world would be like if we all had a little "lovin'"?
Now stop snickering - I'm not talking about anything X-rated. Just a little attention and affection. Think about your morning routine. It's so easy to get caught up in the chaos - rushing around, watching the clock, doing chores, making lunch, etc. Do we give our loved ones our complete attention? Do we let them know how important they are to us? Maybe just the simple act of being truly present with another person for just a few minutes could change the course of their day.
So, here's my challenge to you this week, should you choose to accept it. Make a point of "giving lovin'" throughout the day. Give people your complete, undivided attention. Let those who are important in your life know how you feel. And let me know what happens!