“For a painful look at what happens to children when a parent fails to attune to them by speaking and showing facial expressions….” Lucille Zimmerman explains in her book, Renewed, Finding Your Inner Happy in an Overwhelmed World.
As I watched this video, I thought about adults as well as children. From years of experience, I know that adults carry their inner child with them wherever they go. And many act out, when they feel as if the world is tuning them out, versus reacting with speech, tone of voice, facial expressions, and body language that says I hear and acknowledge you.
I’ve watched many a leader and follower at work, interactions between people in restaurants and stores, and especially exchanges between family members, where as an outsider looking in, you could see the frustration from someone who needed to see acceptance written on the countenance of another. It’s a powerful thing. And note I used the word needed versus wanted when it comes to acceptance.
So the next time someone is getting on your last nerve, try doing the opposite of what your instincts tell you. Acknowledge them instead of ignoring. The results might surprise you.
Anita Fresh Faith
Matthew 10:32 (NIV)
“Whoever acknowledges me before others, I will also acknowledge before my Father in heaven.”
Anita Agers-Brooks is a Business and Inspirational Coach, Certified Personality Trainer, Productivity Expert, Certified Training Facilitator, Communications Specialist, national speaker. She’s the author of, First Hired, Last Fired — How to Become Irreplaceable in Any Job Market. Now available for pre-order on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Books a Million, and Christianbook.com.
She’s a partner in The Zenith Zone, a business coaching firm. Member of the Christian Writer’s Guild, Toastmasters, a client of WordServe Literary Group, and the Simply Sue Speaks booking agency. A graduate of CLASSeminars for Leaders, Speakers, and Authors, a co-founder of The StoryWriting Studio, and speaker on circuit for Stonecroft International Ministries.
Anita’s passionate about business with integrity, healthy relationships, and issues of identity. She travels the country teaching others from her personal experiences and research. She believes it’s never too late for a fresh start with fresh faith.
Anita likes to lounge by a river or lake in Missouri, laughing with with her husband of thirty years, Ricky.