I came across this on another Blogger’s site. It reminds me of something my husband and I learned years ago from a Counsellor. It is a thing called ‘Acts of Service’.
Acts of service, or perhaps my interpretation of it, is saying ‘I love you’ without saying it in words. While it is still lovely to hear those words the ‘Acts of Service’ are also powerful. They can be simple things like coming back into the bedroom after doing my morning exercises to find that – even half asleep – he has turned over and put the heatpump on to warm the room up for me. It is having him prepare dinner – even if it is just heating up some soup – when I need to sit down because of my current injury. It is putting the jug on and making a cup of tea for me while I shower. So many ways that we might do things for each other that might be seen just as a task to be done, but that if considered can be seen as that important ‘I love you’ without words.
Next time someone does something for you, no matter how small, consider that they are not just carrying out a task, but doing so from the heart and showing that they care. As we move through the years on this Parkies journey, those Acts of Service may become more significant and those that we as people directly affected by this condition can do may seem less significant. However, if they are done with love, no matter whether large or small therein lies their significance.