So you’re on spring break. Woo hoo!
Hopefully your planned vacation or staycation is going as planned. Whether your plan is to soak in the sun or get some home projects done, I hope you do 1 thing different this spring break.
I did this with my son Jordan and daughter Candace when we spent time together on his spring break.
Then it happened again Wednesday night with my siblings and mom when we went to see her favorite country singer–Kris Kristopherson. We listened to his music religiously as teens growing up in my family. Now in their 80s, voices cracking, it was magical listening to mom sing along a short distance from her country music idol.
Get this 1 thing on spring break
Here’s the 1 thing
Take time to reflect on how fortunate you are to love and be loved by the people in your life.
Take time to reflect on your marriage
Many who read this feel fortunate to share love with a spouse. Some feel pain because love is not returned. If you are in a wounded relationship or divorced you may prefer to move on to the next section. No need to trigger your pain.
If your marriage is great or could use some work, one of the ways it can improve is when you take time to reflect on the good. Too many couples focus on the negative or take each other for granted. Taking time to reflect on how fortunate you are to share love keeps things in perspective.
Take time to reflect on your family
Spring break is a great time for family fun. It can also be very stressful making sure everyone is getting along! Being busy on vacation can get in the way of connecting in your surroundings.
I say slow things down. Take a walk on the beach with a kid in hand and talk. Make it a time to connect. As you do, think about how fortunate you are to have a kid with whom you can share love.
Take time to reflect on your close friends
This past week I got a call from a close friend who informed me he is going through divorce. He received support from me and a few other guys in our band of brothers. Later I got a call from another friend who wanted to meet later in the evening. During the day I wondered what he might be going through too.
When we met, he and I just hung out. He did not have an issue to talk about. He said, “I was thinking about you earlier in the day and I thought how cool it would be just to hang out.” Later that evening I reflected on how fortunate I am to have close friends. In the course of the day, I gave love to one and received love from the other.
Who are the friends in your life you are fortunate to know?