Give The Gift Of Time This Year
Make time the number one gift you give and enjoy your loved ones. Do special things. Son and I learned one Thanksgiving that making the meal (and cooking was an all day event) was the best part of the whole day. We cooked together..me sitting in my power chair helping. Sometimes son was leaned over me helping me stir or pour..but we did it together. If you do not spend time with those you love then all those expensive gifts will mean nothing when they are gone. We each have only so many days in our lives and no one knows how many. The number is not stamped on us. So, we need to make the most of all the time we each have.
You do not have to spend a lot of money to tell someone you love them. Just being with them is the main thing. Little things mean so much. My son does all the shopping now and every time he goes to the store, he is so cute. He comes in with a little treat of something he knows I love. For example, he bought me a small dime store box of malted milk balls. I have not had those in years and I felt like someone had given me a big present.
With the economy so tight, find things that are time based and do them. Take your loved one for a country ride like my son did me one day. Not a zoom ninety miles an hour ride but a ride down a country road driving slowly and talking. It will mean a lot to someone shut-in and the talking as you ride and look will make memories for you for when they are gone. Nothing should be more important than our loved ones and the big homes, the fancy cars, the expensive clothes and gifts can never replace the time you do not spend with them.
Somehow, the world has gotten on this crazy tilt and everyone rushes around so busy. I am not sure what it is that makes everyone so busy but one thing I know for sure is that all the texting, talking on the phone and heads in computers is eating up the precious time with loved ones. When is the last time that you turned off your phone or computer and said…tonight, we are going to be together, enjoy a nice dinner and talk or watch a movie together?
How many memories with your children have you missed because it was more important to have that high-powered job, big fancy house and expensive vehicles? Did you miss their first step, first smile, first words they spoke or the first time they wrote their name? Did you miss their first date, first ballgame or the birth of your grandchild? I can guarantee you that your child would rather have time coloring with their Daddy or Mommy than a box with an expensive gift to play with all alone.
How many memories with your parents or grandparents have you missed out on because you were too busy to even visit them or call them? If we do not stop the wild merry-go-round the world is on, one day people will wake up alone living in a big house with fancy furniture and no one there to love them. We all have only so many days in our lives and we need to slow the rushing around down and take time with our lived ones.
Take time to notice what your loved ones really like, what they like to do, what they need to help make their lives better and most of all…take time to just be with them. For nothing can replace that gift. Time is the most expensive thing in the world especially if we let it slip through our fingers. I am so blessed because my sons and I all learned the value of just spending time with each other a good while back.
Do not miss those precious moments that you can never recapture with your children or grandchildren or with your loved ones. Once the time is gone you can never get it back again. Try asking yourself if all the things you are rushing around are more important than your family or loved ones. What I learned many years ago was that when I rushed around all the time, life went by in a blur and the older you get the faster the time seems to go. Give the gift of time this year to loved ones and family and to people you know that are shut in or sick. It will mean the world to them.
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