I don’t now about you… but honestly… sometimes I just don’t have time for people 🙂
I’ve got too much to do! -Insurance companies to call and
argue have conversations with, kids to feed, grass to be mowed, groceries to be bought, homework with my oldest… My list is endless, as I’m sure yours is too.
But when I really think about it…If I don’t have time for people or the relationships I care most about… what do I really have?
In our busy world there are always going to be incredibly demanding things vying for our attention. And I suspect most of the ones that demand attention in your life, are probably good ones! Being surrounded by incredible people lends itself to having incredible opportunities to be a part of…
(A few pics of some of our favorite peeps )
But today I ask you this… who in your life needs some time with you? And who in your life do YOU need time with?
Healthy relationships are vital to our survival. We’re created to relate to one another. Like I’ve mentioned before, I don’t want to just survive this life. I want to thrive in it. And the way I am able to check in on that, is if I’m engaged in meaningful relationships with others.
Healthy relationships give us the ability to process life. I cannot tell you how helpful it has been to have a friend just simply listen. I don’t make any sense at times! But saying it all out-loud, somehow helps it all make sense and I become more co-herent. Listening to others helps me remember that I’m not the only one with problems! (It’s good to remember that!) Last week I was at a school meeting and I was there to present the needs of my child to the board. After I shared I was fortunate to hear another community members need. She was there to represent over 700 homeless children in our county that are trying to make it to school… I looked at my friend who was also there for her special needs child and gave her a look like “I thought I had big problems!”
And the reality is that I do 🙂 but so do many others. Let’s do this life together. Let’s connect. We get rid of a lot of problems when we do. Loneliness, abandonment, rejection, and isolation often fall by the wayside as soon as we hear another human feel genuinely concerned for our well-being. And just think- You couldmake a big impact on someone else as well! What a beautiful world that could be.
It might not be possible to spend an entire afternoon with a friend or go on a date every single week with your spouse. But I bet that it’s possible to shoot a text or make a phone call… It might be possible to find a sitter for just a couple of hours in order to squeeze in some adult conversation this month 🙂
It seriously feels impossible at times! But I really believe that with just a little bit of extra energy, it’s possible to find some time for the ones we love.
What’s on your list? What would you like to do? Who do you want to see? Let’s make a pact and do everything within our power to see or chat with a person that comes to mind in the next couple of weeks! It will surely be worth our while.
I know I have been deeply impacted when someone took the time to love me or my family. And it’s incredible what the tiniest amount of thought can do to brighten someones day.
“So now faith, hope, and love remain. But the greatest of these is love” -1 Corinthians 13:13