Yesterday at Sunday School, my women's group went around the circle introducing ourselves with directions to "say something nice about your husband".
Talk about being put on the spot!
My "something nice" about Joe was that he always takes good care of the lawn.
Since then, I have thought of other things. (It's good to focus on the positive!)
One thing that I love about Joe is his dedication to his job. After working in management for many years, about six years ago, Joe decided to make a change. He became a substitue teacher while earning his education degree and eventually became a high school math teacher.
He works for our county's alternative school, teaching troubled youth who are at their "last resort" school before getting kicked out altogether. You can imagine how challenging this must be. Despite the challenges, I never hear Joe complain (other than about waking up so early). He goes in five days a week, nine months a year, carrying his positive outlook to school with him, trying to make a difference in these kids' lives.
I'm so proud of him! He has chosen a career which allows him to spend lots of time with his family (afternoons, holidays, summer vacations), even though it doesn't pay a lot of money. And although more money would be nice, I'd rather have it this way anyday of the week.
Next time I'm put on the spot to say something nice, I'll be prepared...I'll just refer them to this blog post :)
Now it's your turn: go on, it feels great to be nice!