The cards says "Congratulations" on the front, and inside she wrote: "I am incredibly proud of you! I know how much effort is required to go back [to school after so long! You are doing GOOD! Much love, M"
I was 42. It was the first time in my life my mother told me she was proud of me . . .
I hope you are telling your kids, your partner, and those you love and care about that you're proud of them. I hope you're saying I love you, and saying in detail why you think s/he's an amazing person.
My husband is retiring on Friday. I am so excited to spend a lot of time with him. He says, "I'll carry your books" meaning supporting my writing, publishing, and promotional efforts. He believes in me, in my book series, I Do, I Don't: How to Build a Better Marriage. He's going to come along with me when I promote my book(s). He tells me he's proud of me; again today, in fact.
It's not hard to be kind. It's not hard to pay attention. It's not hard to say I love you, or I'm proud of you. You have to choose to do so.
It takes 66 days to create a habit. By August first, you'll be on a roll!