Every day we are presented with new opportunities. What we make of them is up to us. There is one that I want to encourage each of us to take advantage of today.
We each have family, friends, maybe even colleagues that we hold a great deal of love and respect for. When was the last time you expressed being grateful they are in your life? When was the last time you told a friend how much it means to have them in your life?
I’ll bet it has been some time for most of us. Why? I was awoken to this lack of gratitude in my own life a number of years ago. A young lady I shot with (photography) so many times we had grown a good friendship was in an accident. Her mother called me and let me know. It was a serious accident that threatened her life from the initial reports. Fortunately, the injuries were treated and she was able to return to full health. But at the time I didn’t know that. It seemed as if might lose the chance to ever speak with her again. Joke, play, heckle, ask advice from or spend any time with.
At that time I was in Afghanistan and communication was limited as it was. I realized that I had not ever expressed to her how much our friendship had come to mean to me. As soon as I found out she was ok, I let her know immediately.
Since that time I’ve done my best to let the folks that I hold a true love for, that I do care about them and their lives. That they are the most important people in the world to me and I value our relationships more than life itself. It is not an easy task and I have to remind myself often still. I don’t know how much difference it has made in their lives, hopefully, it has, in some positive lasting way.
It has made a huge difference in mine. To be open enough to people to let them know you care about them and just wanted to check in to say ‘hi’ is beneficial in so many ways. You gain a greater appreciation for everyone around you. You receive the comfort of knowing that the last things you spoke were more than just small talk. You grow in your acceptance of all the people you come into contact with and you start to see the good in others. Even if you don’t know them.
I would urge you today, and for as many days as you can until it becomes habit, to contact someone you haven’t spoken to in awhile just to let them know you love them and they’re important to you. That you appreciate their help, guidance, mentorship, advice, and company. I can promise you it will be one of the best things you do each day!
P.S. This message has been inside me for some time and I was inspired to write this post after reading the upbeat and positive messages of another blogger. Please visit joypassiondesire if you’d like a dose of daily encouragement from a real person living a real life…just like the rest of us.