By Sue Graber
I have tears in my eyes as I sit down to write this. I just walked by an Intensive Care unit and was reminded firsthand just how awful it is to hear the words that your loved one has passed on.
As I saw family members embracing each other and holding each other up, it brought back memories several times in my life, when I went through these same emotions.
In one instance, it was somewhat expected; in another it was totally unexpected – a shock where there were no “good byes” to be uttered – no last minute words of love & gratitude for everything this person was in my life.
Thankfully, I did have a good relationship in both of these instances, and I know that both of these special people knew I loved them. But, if they were still here, I know I would be telling them even more how much they meant to me.
It’s so easy to take for granted the things
that we already have in our lives.
It’s so easy to get caught up in the busyness of life that sometimes we simply forget to be grateful for the people who mean the very most.
That is why I am so excited about a Gratitude Challenge that is sweeping our country.
It's all about starting your day in gratitude,
letting it become a natural part of what you do every
day and sharing it with others!
We don’t want to think about the fact that our journey this side of heaven is temporary … that there is something so much bigger and better waiting for us. It's human nature to want to be with those we love for as long as we possibly can be.
Sometimes, we do become complacent and take relationships for granted, thinking that there will be time to get to that later.
A statement I heard recently really hit home: "Don't wait until someone is in a casket to say nice things to them."
We don't want to think about this type of situation, so we don't always intentionally do what's really in our heart.
But, what if time is cut short?
Let's make a commitment to be intentional in letting those we love and care about know it while we can. Good relationships are a blessing and worth working towards.
Take the time today to reach out in love and gratitude to those special people in your life.
Are we connected on Facebook and Twitter? Hope so. Would love to get to know you better and hear how gratitude in your life is changing your relationships. There's no better time to start than right now!
Sue Graber has been happily married for 35 years, raising 3 daughters while working creatively from home in a variety of roles, including being a fund-raising specialist. She loves reaching out to others in kindness and is on a mission. She has an amazing ability to teach others how to build and nurture relationships, spend quality time with their families while establishing their own card and gifting business. Sue is passionate about showing others how they, too, can make a difference every single day!