You are my sunshine, my only sunshine
You make me happy when skies are gray
You’ll never know dear, how much I love you
Please don’t take my sunshine away…
Ok admit it, you read my title and started singing “you are my sunshine, my only sunshine!” Gosh, I don’t know why but this song has been on my mind all day today. I may or may not have been singing it all morning. Luke is even humming it now! The power of suggestion is real.
I’ve always been a fan of filling my home with scripture, quotes or other messages with personal meaning. The idea of positive words to influence a mood or suggest how someone should handle a task is something that rings true in our home.
According to Psychology Today, we must understand the power of suggestion and that it is always working.
If you expect something to happen—if someone or something suggests to you a specific outcome—your expectations of that outcome play a major role in its occurrence. The expectation or suggestion alone, often unconsciously, changes your behavior and your responses to help bring into reality the outcome you are expecting.
It all started with my mug this morning.
…it all started this morning with my Rae Dunn mug (You can learn more about my Rae Dunn mug collection here). These pictures were taken around 7:45 this morning before my Middle Schooler went on the bus. I have been singing “You Are My Sunshine” literally all day. It was around 2:30 this afternoon that I realized where the song came from! My coffee mug!
The whole point of this post wasn’t to tell you that my mood today was dictated by a really hard to find white mug (ha). Our homes are our safe havens; a true reflection of who we are. Our homes are where we are free to be “us” and unapologetically so. In our home I use artwork and signs as small positive affirmations whether it be scripture or perhaps a phrase that mean a lot to me personally. These words have been handpicked by myself or my husband and they really resonate with us on a deep level.
Above our kitchen table is a sign that Brian and I made that says, “Always stay humble and kind.” These five words to our family are so much more than “just” another excerpt from a Tim McGraw song that we hear occasionally on the radio. They have become an expectation within our home. This sign serves as a reminder to always stay humble and kind. Every morning I send my children off to school with a hug, a kiss and a sweet reminder to be kind.
I don’t know exactly who I’m writing to but sometimes life is crazy. Sometimes we need positive reminders of scripture or sayings to get us through life. Consider placing reminders throughout your house as positive powers of suggestions. It’s truly amazing how a carefully placed sign can change the way we see or process a given day, event or maybe even moment. The power of suggestion is truly strong.