Tuesday / December 11 / 2012
4 reasons you need a little ChaCha in your life
As I float above an endless ocean of pillowy clouds en route home from eight days in San Antonio with my Sissy and her Chicks, I can’t help but reflect on the lessons I learned from my 3-year-old niece, Caroline Grace… my sweet “ChaCha”.
The spunk in her brilliant blue eyes is matched only by her sense of wonder and relentless desire to let you know you’re loved. Time and time again this week, I found myself wanting to be her when I grow up.
Here are 4 reasons we all need a little ChaCha in our lives:
(1) To grow more thoughtful. I don’t believe that “selfish” is a bad word, but ChaCha’s outlook has challenged me to be a little less selfish in my day-to-day activities. With permission from my baby sister, I kidnapped each of her girls for one-on-one “Auntie Outings”. ChaCha and I indulged in frozen yogurt treats and then went shopping. We looked at toys, stuffed animals, and dress-up clothes. But the time I witnessed her baby blues glow the brightest was when she saw a purple shower poof she wanted to get for her big sister. The simple $1.39 item made HER day because she knew her sister wanted a new one and she simply couldn’t wait to surprise her. Just imagine if every Christmas gift we gave this year was rooted in thoughtfulness like that.
(2) To feel. ChaCha’s compassion and empathy are like none I’ve ever witnessed. She feels everything. Deeply. If something concerns you, it concerns ChaCha. When she accidentally stepped on my toe, she was so sad, she cried. When my sister got turned around on an unfamiliar street downtown, ChaCha’s brow furrowed with concern. Every single time she frolicked with her new puppy Shelby Lu, she took a moment (or two, or three) to hug my sister and utter, “Thank you so much for Shelby, Mama!!” It’s true she wears her emotions like a neon billboard — but she taught me that sometimes being that vulnerable can be just the thing someone else needed at that moment.
(3) To find the good. As we watched the movie released more than 40 years before ChaCha’s birth, I was taken by her likeness in the wee one “who was no more than two“. The resemblance of ChaCha in Cindy Lou Hoo from the 1966 “How The Grinch Stole Christmas!” is uncanny. The delectable innocence, the cushy eye blinking, even the delicate (stinkin’ cute) voice. But more than anything, I became entangled in her prevailing belief there is good in everyone. Yes… even in the “Grinch” that’s in my life (and yours). Perhaps if I emulate ChaCha’s belief, my heart will grow three sizes today.
(4) To be silly. Ah yes, ChaCha has a loud-n-silly side, too. A side I love just as much as the others. Her effervescent giggles and squeals hold captive even the gruffest of hearts. If something tickles her — literally or figuratively — her whole body laughs with wild abandon. It’s contagious! She enticed me to follow suit, which resulted in newfound freedom to be me. Isn’t that what The You Evolution™ is all about?
She is unabashedly ChaCha and this Aunt is beaming with pride. Thank you for opening your heart to me, sweet ChaCha. I love you from top to bottom and everything in between! xo