As I blogged last week about the five things every person in every profession needs from their boss, it got me to thinking. Although w-o-r-k is a four-letter word that can convey joy, frustration, satisfaction, and anxiety, it does not necessarily define us. In spite of how much time and attention work might demand of us, something else shapes us more dramatically – family.
The formative years we spend at home are what aligns our moral compass and sets us up for the journey of life. How we dream, handle adversity and disappointment, our sense of empathy and understanding – they all start at home.
Accordingly, here are five things everyone in our family needs to hear frequently:
- I love you
- I forgive you
- I’m sorry
- I’m here for you
- I’m proud of you
There are others to be sure, such as “thank you” and “I believe in you,” but regardless of which words you say, they must come from a place of sincerity. Lip service becomes obvious – especially to those who know us best. What is absolutely critical is that the words are backed up and supported by consistent action. Say them and demonstrate them to those that you love, and you’ll set them up for a successful journey.