This morning’s table conversation was talking a turn for the worse this morning with everyone saying things to provoke one another. We have talked about putting off bad talking and encouraging each other instead, but this morning no one seemed to be able to remember how to do that. So we played a game of saying what we liked about each other with the one rule being that you weren’t allowed to talk unless you were saying something good about another person. It went over pretty well and was a good exercise for me as well. So I told them we would make it a daily game, and to be on the look out during the day for things others do or say that is good so they can remember it for the game the next day. My hopes for this activity are as follows:
That I, who often lump all my children together for better or worse, will become more aware of the strengths of each of them, both from my own observations and from the observations of their siblings.
That they will learn to see the good in each other and not focus on “he’s always ag-vating me!”
That this daily time of calling attention to what is praise-worthy will perhaps provide motivation for choosing charity over self-indulgence.
And that we will have one at least one meal without any arguing.
I’ll let you know how it turns out.