Warm Fuzzy

When I was in 5th grade my teacher, Mrs. All, made us all keep a journal.  Mine was gray… a manly color.  In retrospect I should have gone for metallic green like one of my buddies. Oh well ;).

At the end of the year Mrs. All announced that today we would be passing our journals around to each other and we would have to write a “warm fuzzy” about that person.  The theory was, despite our many foibles we all have something that endears each of us to those around us.

Fast forward 20 grades and those warm fuzzes feel as good today as they did back then.  If anything, with a few more years under my belt they make me sit back and reflect that this is what people think about me… well at least some of them… and you know what?… that makes me feel good.

Yesterday, sad and a little blue at life’s regrets and loves lost a very dear friend of mine wrote this to me.

“One of the beautiful things about you is the way you care for people, friends and family.  You don’t let in a lot of people and those that do get  let in are held in deep.  That’s what makes it so hard for you to let them go.”

From a friend who has known me a third of my life came a little sentence or two that made me feel really good about being me and despite maybe feeling decidedly like s**t at that particular moment I had to smile and be thankful for that.  It reminded me how good a friend they are. How well they had come to know me over these years and how I would always remember that.  Thank you :)!

These days I’m not sure we take enough time to share enough warm fuzzies with those who are in our daily lives.  It is easy to take them for granted, presume another tomorrow will grant a chance to say what should have been said yesterday.  In the end warm fuzzies just make the world a better place.  Like buying the lady with two screaming kids in the car behind you a coffee in the line at Dunkin’ Donuts.  More smiles… more compliments… less frowns… less frustration.

So…before the day calls it quits and you settle in for the evening, find a way to pass along a warm fuzzy to someone you know who needs one… or better yet isn’t expecting one.  If you get it right it’s a priceless moment and worth ever carefully chosen word.



3 Responses to “Warm Fuzzy”

  1. What a wise friend you have. 😉

  2. Very well said by your friend and it is quite true about you. I am ever so grateful to have you in my life and to be a lucky one that you have “let in”. 😀

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