Every Sunday we bring Warren over for a visit. I have been his guardian for 23 years. He is family.
As with any other family member, we are used to his ways. Last Sunday, however, my niece was with us. We took some time to explain to her what he would do and say. His verbal skills are limited and he can be hard to understand but the friendship that he extends is clearly communicated. When he doesn't know what else to say or if he feels awkward with a silence, he will say, "Ow are oo?" (How are you?) Oh, and one other thing: he likes pretty girls! Any cd he has ever picked out himself, has a pretty girl on the front. The genre of music makes no difference! Sure enough, as he walked in the door he went straight to her. We laughed with him at the joy he took in meeting someone new.
A few minutes into his visit, our daughter Jenna helped Warren with something. Warren requires continual coaching and so I said, "What do you say, Warren?" Instead of his usual "ank oo," he responded with all clarity and enthusiasm, "Good Job!" We all laughed in surprise and Jenna hugged him, telling him he made her feel so special. The rest of the day, long after Warren had left, each of us said "Good Job!" anytime we would otherwise have said "Thank You."
I have thought about it all week. How many of us have heard an enthusiastic, "Good Job!" for the smallest of services or largest of tasks? I tend to think we don't thank people enough and when we do, it is our obligatory, politely spoken, "Thank you." Can you think of someone that has been of help, done you a favor, or encouraged your heart? Have you thanked them enthusiastically or told them it was a job well done? I continue to learn from my special needs friends about how to keep life simple and live life joyfully. This week, I encourage you to offer an enthusiastic "Good Job!" to someone who is serving you. I think I can guarantee it will be returned with a smile!
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