First and foremost, thank you for all of the sweet birthday wishes. I always read every single comment and I can’t tell you how much they mean to me. You definitely know how to make a girl feel loved.
I spent this weekend out in the middle of nowhere, visiting someone that I love, and working through some long-standing family issues. I didn’t want to go. It meant 13+ hours of driving, giving up shifts at work, missing social events, etc. But you know what? None of that mattered. My family is the most important thing in the world and sometimes that means making sacrifices. I needed to be there.
There’s no denying that we live in a material world. We rely on money and “things” for satisfaction, for happiness, and- ultimately- for survival. That will never go away and you know what? I don’t necessarily think there’s anything wrong with it. Finding joy in a possession doesn’t make you materialistic, it makes you human. As long as we’re thankful, we should never feel ashamed.
With all of that aside, there is one thing in life that is so much more valuable than any physical item ever could be. It’s free, it’s beautiful, and it’s the most precious gift you could ever share…
This week I challenge you to rediscover the beauty of time.
In every social situation, be present. When someone else is talking, listen. Take time out of your busy day to call your mom, dad, grandparent, etc.- just to chat. Make room in your schedule for lunch with a friend- just because. When you’re buying your daily coffee, take a moment to actually smile and connect with the barista. It’s these little gifts of time that truly show people how much you care.
Here’s to sharing ourselves with the world…