My grandfather always said to “give people flowers while they are around to smell them.” What wise advice!
Have you ever found yourself adjusting to the news of someone’s death while thinking, “I wish I had taken time to tell them….”? I’m sure it happens often. We live in a very fast-paced society, where it can be so easy to just survive every day and move on to the next rather than stopping to smell the roses – let alone stopping to give them.
We have requirements, deadlines, and appointments; practices to attend, events to organize, and bills to pay. We have birthday parties and reunions and weddings, and it often gets to be so frequent that we realize we’re exhausted by it all and it loses its glimmer of joy.
Life can easily become stress-filled and mundane. If we let it.
In this article, I wanted to simply issue a challenge. Choose a night to be a family awards night. Your family should know what traits you believe make them stand out from the crowd.
To have a family awards night:
- Each person in the family creates awards for everyone else (i.e. most thoughtful, biggest heart, most creative, funniest, etc.)
- Have everyone dress up in their finest clothes (tiaras, bow ties, top hats, boas, etc. are welcome).
- Have a special dinner by candlelight (even if it’s just pizza).
- A family of two can absolutely do this too!!!
- HAVE FUN with it! Enjoy time with your family and LET THEM KNOW what makes them special to you. Make the most of your time and give other people flowers while they’re around to smell them!
Keri Kitchen is a devoted wife and mother, blogger, author of Love Isn’t Selfish, licensed mental health counselor, and founder of The Carys Rainn Foundation. To read more about what God is doing in her life, visit her blog at www.aftertherainn.com