My sister Saydi writes articles now and then for the Meridian Magazine, and I feel like I just want to share one that she wrote before Thanksgiving because it’s so good! (well, I love all that she writes, I love how she puts together her thoughts.) But the one I’m talking about is HERE. One of my favorite stories from it:
A good friend of mine shared with me the story of her two daughters who were constantly fighting. The younger daughter Emma was experiencing some health problems that made her irritable and mean, taking out her frustrations on her sister. The older daughter, Charlotte, quickly became fed up with being mistreated and fought back. This dynamic resulted in months of extreme contention between the two that the whole family could feel. But then, over the course of a few weeks, a dramatic change occurred. Things started to soften between the two and love and kindness started creeping back into their relationship. When the mom asked Charlotte what brought about this change she confessed that she had been prompted to start writing down 10 things she loved about her sister. Nightly she wrote this list in her journal, keeping it to herself. This simple act of turning her heart and changing her attitude toward her sister brought about a miraculous transformation, not only in Charlotte, but also in Emma. We often underestimate the power that our thoughts, attitude, and perspective can have, not only on ourselves, but on those around us.
True words to live by right there.
And I love this painting by Caitlin Connolly because to me it depicts just how powerful those thoughts can be.
Just some thoughts about thoughts for the day.