In all my years of existence, I’ve been to 2 baby showers, one virtual and one in-person. Yesterday, I attended my first zoom baby shower. It was for my brother, Charles and my sister-in-love, Nana.
There were 30 people in attendance, but trust me, we were done in 40 minutes. Talk about an efficient host. Yes! He skillfully called on every participant who in turn gave their quick 1-2 minute spiel about how they know the expecting parents and a brief congratulatory message.
I’m thankful that I was able to attend this event virtually. Since I live in Chicago and my brother lives in Seattle, attending the event in-person wasn’t just a car ride away but rather miles away.
Have you been to a baby shower before? What did you like about it?
Two hours after the event, while in the shower, I reflected on the event. I don’t know why but I do a lot of soul searching and reflecting in the evenings when I’m in the shower. Can you relate?
My general feeling about the shower was positive. I enjoyed listening to all their friends and family members share memorable stories about them. I’m all about celebrating people while they are alive and not just when they are dead and gone for good. I guess this is why this event resonated with me.
My reflections left me with 3 ideas on relationships and celebrations. Here we go.
1. Celebrate people that come into your lives for a short while and those that linger.
There were people on the zoom call that they had known from 2 years to 15 years. Such a range. I’m sure they put in work to nurture those relationships over time.
Is there a particular cashier you always meet at the grocery store or your favorite restaurant every week? Say thank you to or even give him/her a thank you card.
Are there specific people you talk to daily or weekly? When was the last time you told them how you feel about them? Be specific in your praise or gratitude. Vagueness is not ideal here.
Here’s an example.
The text message you sent me 2 weeks ago was very thoughtful. You remembered our last conversation where I talked about my anxiety surrounding setting up a Shopify Store. I’m glad you texted me to ask me how it is going. It encouraged me and reminded me that I had to be accountable to you-whether I liked it or not lol.Read More »