Do you ever wonder what would have happened if things "had worked out differently"? Would you be happier than you are now, or living in a constant sadness. Would you have a different group of friends? Would you family be as important to you? Would you live in the home you do now or would you live another state away?
One decision can change so much about a person's life, and those in it. We all live very fast paced lives. It's a constant trial and error to "be on time" somewhere and make all the necessary events that are always happening. If you have children, nieces/nephews, or just some really close family friends then you know what I'm talking about. We are a society that lives "on the go" more than at home with our loved ones.
Our time with those we cherish most is spent from event to event, in drive thru lanes at fast food places, and quickly for those few precious moments we get to just be "real". Now I'm not at all knocking those events that we all take part in. Everyone has different hobbies, likes, and things they want their closest friends & families to be involved in. But what I'm saying is, do you take those few extra special moments to just enjoy each other?
With Christmas just around the corner, lots of families will be gathering around and sharing stories of what all has went on in their lives since last Christmas. Laughter will be shared, and new memories will be made.
And all the while, all your friends and family will go about their lives to each home, celebrating with different groups of people. Even your co-workers will be out celebrating with their families. Sometimes we lose sight of how important our co-workers are to our lives. In reality, we spend more time with them than our own blood relatives. So don't forget to wish them a Merry Christmas as you all shuffle out to your cars on Christmas Eve (or whichever day your workplace closes).
Life isn't promise to us tomorrow, so we need to learn to be more thankful for those we have today. This holiday season I'm hoping to get to spend more time with family, with friends, with co-workers, and really enjoy the little things in life that God gives us every single day that we seem to take for granted.
I know I got off on a more serious note today than I normally do, but that was on my heart so I felt led to release it.
Do you have any special traditions, new or old, that you will be doing this year?