Today’s prompt, should you choose to engage it is:
“What images come up for me when I consider the word ‘nurture’?”
A pot of soup simmering on the stove.
Cool cloths on feverish foreheads.
Tucking freezing cold hands between my hands and rubbing the warmth back into them.
Listening. Truly listening. Witnessing. Empathy in the eyes of the witness.
Unhurried time spent getting to know all there is to know.
The deep caring that comes with unhurried time and attention.
Tending. As in the garden, or to a child, or to a creative project.
The little things we do for one another as lovers, friends, and family. The offered jacket when we’re cold. The meal when we’re overwhelmed. The knot in the muscle worked out with firm hands. The little gifts that say “you matter”.
Acknowledgement. The phrase “I see you”. The way we are counted as blessings.
Confidences kept with care.
The truth, told with kindness.
All of the ways we say “I love you” without words.
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