Forward: One of the things I hear over and over again from patients on ACU is the support, understanding and positivity they receive from other patients on the unit. Someone that may have a completely different set of circumstances yet are in the same situation of being far from home, without the comforts and feeling frightened and alone. To have someone who can offer you the free gift of friendship can mean everything in recovery and in life itself.
“Paper Plate of Positive Traits”
The instructions were simple, even for a first grader.
“Write one nice thing about your classmate on his/her paper plate.” The plates were distributed to the children on the last day of school to take home as a memento of the year.
This simple but lovely exercise always touched me, particularly the heartfelt but honest sentiments scrawled by the children. One phrase that appears several times for my son was “You are so nice to me!”
I loved that compliment. So easy to do and clearly too so very much appreciated. After all, who doesn’t like to hear something positive about yourself?
I found this paper plate tucked away in a closet yesterday while preparing for my son’s college departure. It was bittersweet but a great reminder. Find something positive in someone today, even if you have to dig a little. You may receive the compliment in return. Full circle