We hear stories of how much communication occurs through non-verbal communication, yet most of us don’t really believe the facts in our hearts. It is easy to express the views of others when applied to others, yet when it comes to looking critically in the mirror, the story unravels. Combine these two statements of reality and you have an interesting conundrum. I find myself not believing what I communicate and then not accepting the results after the fact! Denial playing itself out in a difficult paradox I do not easily or willingly accept.
The denial becomes problematic when I see the reaction of those around me. The heart smile of a girl who realizes she is loved cannot be denied. When compassion is expressed through a look it is originally authentic. Being touched at the soul’s level is a way of saying and giving a priceless thank-you. This is as real as life gets! There were words which came along with the unspoken expressions and body language yet they seemed to be mere texture on an already rich canvas.
Far too often we forget how our sub-conscious actions and reactions tell a story. I know that there are times when we are misread however far too often what is observed is the final reality. When “the Jews said, ‘Look how deeply he [Jesus] loved him,’” (John 11.36) it wasn’t words telling the story. Simply put, his heart expressed his feeling.
Today is a special day for gifts. Gifts of the heart are ones that last forever. They cannot be purchased at any price. Authenticity comes without any effort. It is hard to express what cannot be said so my suggestion is to let you heart complement your words. The combination is absolutely magical. In our house it was best seen in two bookends; one a photo-album filled hand picked of the givers, the other simple heart thanks.
Given my experience today I can only imagine what it would be like if everyone received as much as I did. Now is the opportunity to begin finding out.
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