Do you remember when you were a kid how life seemed so simple? You would wake up to eat, get dressed and go play outside with the neighbor kids when you were not in school. Your parents would call you in for lunch and then you would go back out and play until dinner time. Relationships were built on true friendships and getting to know a person. Today we are much more advanced and we have a greater reach of friends and followers according to our facebook and twitter accounts. There are many people I speak to daily that say they just do not do the social media and opt to really get to know someone instead of trying to compete in the world of electronics and who is having what crisis and drama that day. Too much of one thing is not good, we have entirely too much social media time for ourselves and our kids.
Let’s get back to the simple things in life, when we can wake up each morning and sit at the kitchen table and read a book, talk with our significant other, or read with our kids without feeling like we have to check in with the world first.
When you go to work and have your lunch break, take a brown bag and go outside in our beautiful Florida weather and eat your lunch outside then enjoy a walk with a coworker or by yourself.
Call or write a snail mail to a friend to let them know how much you appreciate them instead of sending them a quick text or email.
We have so much beauty around us, let’s take time to enjoy God’s creation each and every day.
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This time of year can be very happy for many and sad for others and the seasons change based on what is happening in our lives. Some have suffered the loss of a family member by death, others suffered divorce or loss of a relationship, friendship or family that drifts away. Whatever the situation may be, it is a loss that brings sadness to our lives. Some families do not have financial ability to have a “good Christmas”. Define ‘good Christmas,” is it presents, fancy decorations, big fancy dinners, or vacations? For most of us, those things would be nice, but the reality is we all long to be loved unconditionally and to receive the greatest gift of all, to have someone special in our lives that will just spend time with us and love on us. Many families have arguments during this time especially families who are divorced because each parent wants their child with them for the holiday and when we look around the child is the one affected at the end. Later on these children grow up either resenting Christmas or really embracing it, it all depends how they perceive it.
This Christmas, let’s make it a conscious effort to set aside our disagreements, love on family and friends a little more and if we can give a tangible gift that is great, but if we cannot, then a heartfelt card that comes genuinely from your heart will go a long way. Remember those that are elderly and those that are missing a loved one this year. It is not easy because that person is gone forever and although their memory lives on, the gap in our heart is always there as we miss them. If you have your loved ones with you, hug and kiss them a little longer and make memories that you can treasure always because tomorrow is not promised and we should not live with regrets in our lives. Forgiveness is not always easy, because we have to be humble, but at the end, you will be a much better person for it.
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