For the weekly videos, I now tell a story. I’ve realized that for me, and I think for many people, a story is what holds my attention and makes a point most powerfully.
This week’s story: My sister wasn't sorry to see me go--but she was glad I came.
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What does this story mean, exactly? I don't think I captured it in my summation in the video. I meant to say: sometimes, even when we don't enjoy something, or feel grateful for it at the time, we're grateful for it later. So when I'm the person who's giving that not-particularly-welcome help, I have to remember not to expect gold stars; the important thing is to be helping someone I love over the long term.
This can be hard for a gold-star junkie like myself! Do you ever battle this? Feel annoyed or disappointed when people don't seem grateful, even if you know that in the long run you're helping? This is particularly difficult, because sometimes people honestly aren't grateful, and would prefer that we not "help." In this case, it was clear that my sister did in fact welcome my help. And at the same time, she was glad to see me go!
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You can also read more about this in Happier at Home.
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