The dare was to greet you in a way that was unexpected—in a good way.
I used Milky Ways. I came in with a bag, had you close your eyes, and popped one in your mouth. I also smiled.
The thing I love about the Love Dare is not that a particular challenge is eath-shatteringly effective. Taken as a whole, they are making me so much more aware of how I treat you and how I need to improve.
I’ve never thought about being more loving with my greetings. Sometimes, I feel like we get in a little ‘whose day was more exhausting’ competition when we greet each other. Consequently, neither of us seem all that happy to see each other.
You’re my wife—if I was exhausted during the day, now is the time I can feel refreshed by being with you. Same thing: You have no reason to prove to me how difficult or tiring the day might have been. I just want to know you’re happy to see my face.
So, regarding making goood impressions:
- Always greet with a smile!
- Always greet with the desire to make you know how much I’m glad to see you.
- Always give you a kiss and a hug.
- Always ask you about your day.
Maybe I’ll come up with something better later. I hope by the time you read this (5, 10, 15 years from now?), you’ll feel sweet about my ‘hellos’.
Day 10 Prep: Love is Unconditional. “The only way love can last a lifetime is if it’s unconditional.” (see the reference vs: Romans 5:8) The challenge: Do something out of the ordinary and unexpected to serve your spouse, i.e. wash the car, clean the kitchen, fold all the laundry, etc.