Connecting with your loved ones
It's funny that we fail to remember our lineage and the reasons we are who we are. What I mean by that is that our parents and our grandparents (and parents before them) often had to make sacrifices so that we are able to live the lives that we lead today. We do not always think about them as our foundation, but truly they have had an impact in the lives we have built whether we see it or not.
What makes your parent or grandparent special to you? I want you to think about that for a few minutes. Understand what it is s/he has given to you that has molded your beliefs, your perception and/or your appreciation for the world around you. More oft than not, one of your parents, grandparents, or both have bestowed a subtle wisdom to you that has helped you in some shape or form. Whether it's knowing that failures aren't the end of the world, or that success is right around the corner -- our moms, dads, grandpas or grandmas have been there to encourage us to pick ourselves back up or move forward even when we didn't believe we could. They are, after all, the foundation that has modeled you and I to be the unique individuals that we have become.
When was the last time you spoke to your parent or grandparent over the phone or in person? When was the last time you spent a few hours, perhaps days in the company of those you love just to share an update on what's happening in your life? Or, when was the last time you took the time to sit with them to laugh, reminisce about happy times, or just share in a meal?
I understand that life gets hectic. Sometimes between work, family and leisure time, it becomes a begrudging task just to pick up the phone to call a family member. But here's the thing, your parents or grandparents are not always going to be here on this earth -- just like you will not always be here for your own children or grandchildren. The simple fact of the matter is that we are all only on this planet for a little while. Time is the only true gift we can give or share to demonstrate the gratitude and appreciation we have for those we love. If you wait too long, you may not have that opportunity.
I have heard others say, "Oh how I wish I had had just a little more time to tell my dad how much he meant to me," or "If only I had had a little more time to call my grandmother and tell her how much I loved her." Hindsight is always 20/20, but hindsight is just that: it is after the fact. If you haven't reached out to your grandmother, grandfather, mother or father in a while, now is a good time to reconnect to either make amends or just reiterate their value to you in your life. Believe me, it matters.
We are holding a special blog contest in the hopes that you will be inspired to reconnect with the memories and bonds of that special parent or grandparent in your life. Blogging is in alignment with journaling and is a constructive way for you to refresh your memory banks so that you can truly appreciate the value of your loved ones and the importance of their knowledge, teachings and the significance of their lives in connection to you.
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