Build Strong Relationships

We are so close to the end of the year. I want you all to sit down and reminiscent on good and bad things that happened this year. Think about the bad because I believe the bad is what makes us stronger. We learn from the bad and become better stronger people. Think about the good, happy moments, and appreciate them very much. Think about what you wish you would have done this year and write it down and make sure you do it. Don’t hold your self back, reach for your goals, the only person standing between you and your goal IS YOU.

Spend more time for family, if you can not physically spend time with family reach out to them…phone, text,email, Skype.  I get it. You have the best intentions, but you are busy. Super-busy, in fact. Between your job and your family and taking care of your home you barely have time to…well

Let me stop you there.

You can tell what is important to a person by the way they spend their time. If relationships are important, you will make time for them. You will make it a priority to send birthday greetings, celebrate the joys and mourn the losses of your nearest and dearest. And if you want to truly live the good life, you’ll expand this out to include friends and acquaintances.

When your friends need you, you’ll be there. And when you need them, they will be there for you, too. But I ask you all to please not put your friends before your family. It is important to have friends but I believe it is just as important to be close to your family. If you look at your past I am sure you will realize friends come and go, but your family is there to stay whether you like it or not, so make the best relationship out of it. Make it your goal not to only stay in touch when there is a death or a wedding. Send a random “hey Uncle Joe! How are you? Just wanted to check on you…” It will not hurt you, if you spend time on Facebook or any social media daily then  you can make time for this. Heck you can even use social media to stay in touch. I challenge you for the next year to contact a family member you have not talk to in a while. So contact one family member per week. If you want to make it even better and they live close by make a lunch date or visit. And I leave you with one of my favorite quotes

Strong roots

 

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