Does anyone know what kind of flower this is? I saw it while I was in California this spring for a Gallup CliftonStrengths coaching course. I hadn’t seen one of these before, and it caught my attention as being peculiar and out-of-the-ordinary.
Our strengths are what we can most naturally live and love well out of. We each have different talents that help us live well. There are many ways we can love the people in our lives well. When we know our natural style for living and loving, we can be intentional and more effective in our own unique way.
Each of these pictures represents one of the Top 5 Strengths Themes that I live and love out of. My themes are Responsibility, Empathy, Discipline, Connectedness, and Positivity. Can you guess which picture goes with which theme? (See answers at the end of this post!)
Yesterday, I was at Target and I took a short-cut through the women’s pajama section. I casually overheard a nice looking senior gentleman ask an associate if this was all of the women’s pajamas. I didn’t think much of the question, but her response caught my attention. He asked a simple question, and she responded, “Yes, this is it…you’re on your own.” He obviously was out of place in this area of the store!
Listening and asking questions are terrific ways to show love in everyday life! Listening is such a gift, but it is often hard to give others. It goes against our self-contentedness and desire to get things done. Listening requires intentionality and practice; it takes a little effort to mentally and relationally connect with another person! For more ideas on asking questions, take a peek at last week’s post .
Here are five ideas that will help you grow the skill of listening:
Each time I saw this friend, she would ask a question about something I had mentioned the last time we talked. The question might be about something I was planning to do or something that was on my heart. This told me she had really been listening to me. Her question made me feel like I was loved and paid attention to! She inspired me to try to ask questions more with others I knew.
Asking questions is a skill for loving well! It accomplishes at least four things: