I know are two simple words that can take various tones when used. When parents ask their kids to remember to clean their room or finish their homework, kids typically say “I know!” As adults when we hear something we think we already know, we tend to interrupt the speaker by abruptly shouting “I know!” I know can also be used as a positive confirmation. I was talking to my nephew Jay yesterday and I told him I loved him. Jay said “TT I know.” I could not stop smiling. My heart was filled with joy and I responded with a “thank you sweetheart.” It actually made me stop and think about how many people actually know they are loved.
For someone to know that you love them is so important. There are people that use the word very loosely and sometimes it’s hard to take them seriously. It is important to stop and think about who you tell and how you show people you love them. Do you only say the word without action or do you show the person the best way you know how. Not only do I tell my nephew whenever I speak to him I love him, but I also call him to check on him. We text each other just to say hi. I let him know he can come and talk to me about anything free of judgement. When I go back home to visit, I make sure I spend as much time with him as I possibly can. Here are some other ways you can put your love into action for your family and friends so they know you care.
- Encourage their dreams
- Be physically and mentally there as much as possible
- Really listen to them
- Write a letter or send a text
- Set clear boundaries
- Celebrate a recent success
- Share and make good memories together