Bring Back That Loving Feeling
Do you remember the song “You’ve lost that loving feeling” originally song by the Righteous Brothers in 1964, but has been redone by several other artists such as, Hall and Oates, Cilla Black and Dionne Warwick to name a few. The song was rated song of the year back in 1999 and ranked #34 on the list of the “500 Greatest Songs of All Time”, by Rolling Stone. Just this year the single was inducted into the National Recording Registry by the Library of Congress for being “culturally, historically, aesthetically significant. I am not familiar with the Righteous Brothers, but I do recall hearing that song on the radio in my younger days, and yes…it’s good!
With this song being remembered in 2015 only proves we all want that loving feeling back! It’s time we become more present within our relationships. It’s time to put down the smart phone, close the laptop, turn off the television and start enjoying each others company again. I tell you, there is nothing better than having great conversation with a whole lot of substance. How about when you hear a genuine laugh, doesn’t that just make you smile? Let’s not forget how good it feels to get or give a great big hug by people who care about each other. It’s those little things, which make things seem extraordinary when done with the right people.
Let’s face it one of the best feelings in the world is to know your presence and absence both mean something to someone. And the only way to let your loved ones know this is to show them when you are with them. Within relationships and our interactions with others, nothing you give is more appreciated than your sincere focused attention – your full presence. Being with someone without looking at your watch anticipating where you should be next.
Think back to when you were a little kid and you may have drew your mom what you thought was a beautiful picture, so you race in the house after school to show her and as you enter the front door, there is your neighbor Mrs. Busy Body from across the street sitting and chatting with your mom. You know she has been there for hours and you wish that she would leave, so that you can have this time with your mom, but she just keeps flapping her jaws, so you go to your room until it is safe to come out. Wasn’t that an awful feeling? You must have felt let down and wondered why your mother didn’t let Mrs. Busy Body from across the street know that this is you and your mother’s time together each day and does she mind leaving.
Your family and friends are too special and important to ignore. So give them the gift of YOU- your time, your undivided attention and kindness. It is better than any gift. If you appreciate someone today, tell them. When you value someone too lightly you may risk missing the depth of their goodness before they’re gone. Sadly, so often only when we are tragically reminded of how short life is – that today could easily be our last with someone we love – that we start to appreciate every day we have together as if it were. Don’t wait until it is too late to tell the people you love how much you appreciate and love them. Bring back that loving feeling.