I told my kids when they were young: “Please don’t forget to…”
Shut the door;
Brush your teeth;
Say please and no thank you;
Do your homework; go to bed;
Do the right thing – always;
Tell the truth;
Don’t be so loud, don’t be so quiet…
Do not do this, do not do that ….
Pray, pray, pray.
Years later…. the children are grown, and we wonder – did we do it all right? Could we have done more? Well, maybe we just did the best we could for that season in our lives. I mean, my kids are grown and they are nice young women; smart and fun and funny. They work hard and love their family …. I think they turned out pretty good. And, I have to just think, after all, they could have become ax murderers!
Now I am middle-aged – and I try not to forget things like….
Where are my glasses? I have been looking all over for them. (I am wearing them, of course.)
Where are the house keys? I have looked all over for them! (I open up the front door, and yes, the keys are still in the front door!)
Where is my coffee? (I open up the refrigerator, and the cup of coffee is sitting next to the creamer in the refrigerator!)
Where is my cell phone? I called my daughter, Caitlin, and asked if she has seen my cell phone. Minutes later, I realized I am ON my cell phone talking to her!
And now that I am older, I often think of the little simple things that mean so much in my life. Realizing now – years later – there is such added value in some of the very, very small and simple things that enrich our lives.
These days, I try not to forget to:
- Sit outside if not just for a few minutes to get some fresh air.
- Say that nice thing that’s been on my heart to my husband and the ones I love …. tomorrow may be too late.
- Hug my beautiful daughters.
- Get a good belly laugh several times a week. I feel so much better and truly who needs medicine when laughter is so much sweeter?
- Take a deep breath … in and out… in and out…. Before I speak when I am angry, or I when am weighed down with the stress of my daily life.
- Make eye contact and really listen – sometimes this is a hard one to do when life gets super busy.
Now I have something to ask you to do for me…
Please look in the mirror and smile…. Wearing a smile is like wearing a rainbow – it is a symbol of God’s love for us – and it costs us nothing to give to someone else.