Tucked between medical bills and junk mail a cheerful yellow envelope begged to be opened. How did the sender know I would need this today?
Recent health issues have positioned me to be on the receiving end of compassion. I am thankful for each note, call, care package, and especially the delicious food.
In his book, The 5 Love Languages, marriage counselor Gary Chapman, explains there are five basic love languages or ways to express love emotionally:
- Words of Affirmation
- Acts of Service
- Quality Time
- Receiving Gifts
- Physical Touch
Each person tends to gravitate more towards one of these love languages. However, Chapman states it is possible possess more than one love language and be “bilingual.”
I am bilingual. My love languages are Words of Affirmation and Acts of Service.
When a friend delivered “a little something” in the form of the book The Red Sea Rules by Robert Morgan and chocolate cake, I felt abundantly loved!
The best gifts I’ve ever received were the ones tagged with the words, “It’s just a little something.”
Do you know someone going through a tough time? Do a little something for them today. You may not know their love language, but here are a few ideas to jump-start your week:
- Send a card and write a little something inside
- Deliver flowers
- Mow their yard
- Cook a little extra and send over a meal in freezable containers. (If their fridge is full they can freeze the items for another day.)
- Call and give a listening ear
- Invite a friend over for coffee
- Invite someone over to watch the game
- Before grocery shopping, ask if you can pick up something for them
- Give a book that meant something to you in a similar circumstance
- Be like Olaf and give warm hugs.
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