Mindful Living Challenge – Giving Genuine Feedback {Week Five}

“There is something really powerful about people who are genuine.”


I absolutely love genuine people.

When I share something that’s on my heart with an individual and they light up in response, there’s scarcely a better feeling in the world.

When you know that someone else loves and cares about what you care about, there’s magic in that. It often further validates how much you care about that thing, knowing someone else is so supportive of you and honestly cares about your feelings.

It blesses me so much when I have conversations like this with others, but I scarcely think about responding in that same way myself.

Do you know how much of a blessing I could be to someone else?

Maybe it springs from my long-term social anxiety, but I’ve always struggled to be enthusiastic in my responses. I’m not sure why, because I’ve been happy for someone plenty of times before, but I hardly ever show it with the enthusiasm I’d love to give them.

Just like I wrote about for week two of this challenge, there are simple gestures that end up being hard to express simply because we’re not in the habit of doing them. I know that for me, maintaining eye contact and giving genuine feedback are just two of the things I’ve struggled to do consistently for a very long time, even though I desperately desire in my heart to do both.

It is so immensely rewarding to excitedly congratulate someone when they’ve accomplished something important to them. I know all too well what happens when jealousy or indifference gets in the way of a beautiful response, which is why I desire to make this change all the more.

Among many of the other little changes I’m currently making in my life, providing others with feedback from my heart is something I’m working on in 2019. I can’t wait to see what will happen when I put in the effort to show others how much I love them. I know that it will beautifully bless my life.

Why I Want To Give Genuine Feedback:

  • I love seeing others’ faces light up when I care about what they care about.
  • I want to be able to be part of others’ joy.
  • I definitely appreciate receiving genuine feedback myself.
  • I enjoy hanging out with people who respond positively to the people they love.
  • I want my family and friends to see me as someone who’s actually interested in what they have to say.
  • It makes me joyful to make others joyful. ❤

Why do you want to give genuine feedback?
Will you join me on this challenge?

“Surround yourself with people who are more excited for your birthday than you are.”

14 thoughts on “Mindful Living Challenge – Giving Genuine Feedback {Week Five}

  1. This is great! I just landed up on your blog and enjoyed reading, I am going to go back and read your other mindful living challenge! It seems like something I would be interested in doing myself! Thank you!

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  2. Hi Maggie, amazing post, I can really relate to everything your saying about genuine people, and giving genuine feedback, saying it like you mean it, because you should mean it 💛 An interesting thing is some people don’t like genuine people, because they can speak the truth, they don’t pretend that everything is great, because the truth is (sometimes) that it’s not, but I think that life is about honesty, and it’s hard, and sometimes we have to lie, but just try avoid lying, like you said, be genuine! ⭐️✨
    I loved this post, I’m loving this Mindful Living Challenge, it’s so refreshing to hear what you have to say 😊
    Amber x

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    1. Hey Amber ❤ Thank you! That's very true; I hadn't thought about that 🙂 Genuine feedback can be hard to hear sometimes, but usually, the person is trying to be constructive and helpful, so we should really listen!
      Thank you. I'm glad you're enjoying it!

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      1. We definitely should! Because if there weren’t genuine comments and genuine people, I’m not sure what the world would become… we much keep the genuine-people going, don’t let them go extinct (I make them sound like some sort of species 😂) Exactly! Constructive and helpful criticism can be hard to accept AND hard to give, so we much appreciate the courage it takes 💛

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