While all of my “Lower 48” friends have been grousing about the weather, the snow, the colder temperatures, Alaskans around our area have been grousing about NO SNOW and WARM (like 45F) temperatures. But patience does have its virtues.
I just finished reading the newsletter of a person who impacted my life greatly this year at Instigator’s Experience, Jon Wilkening (check his work out – it’s AWESOME PHOTOGRAPHY and more!). One of his points was about a weekday Sabbath – a time when we shut our office doors, turn off our computers, turn off our brains, and go out and enjoy what is REALLY important in life. After all, that’s often when our best and most creative works are birthed.
My husband and I have talked alot recently about relationship…..relationships.
Not denominations, not groups, not meetings, but relationships – like one on one. When is the last time that you REALLY spent time with someone that is important in your life, but maybe not let them know? (OK, I’d let you fudge and do face time or Skype if they are far away but other than that, IN PERSON!!)
It’s a lost art, relationships. Think about it – our society has become so “instant” and “recyclable” and often indifferent, that we barely notice a friend, a family member who may need us. They may need us to laugh with them; maybe they need a listening ear, someone to bounce an idea off; maybe they need a confidant, maybe just someone to walk in the quietness of freshly fallen snow.
What about it? This month of various holidays for various faith beliefs bring a great time to gift the gift of T-I-M-E. Yes, it ‘costs’ – but in the end, I would hazard to guess that you couldn’t put a price tag on the time – no matter how brief or how long you would get to have RELATIONSHIP……caring….sharing…eye to eye, heart to heart.
The stillness the calming and swiftly falling snow outside my window brings me the peace and stillness in my heart that I know you too can have. How about that weekday Sabbath? Even if for 15 minutes? I know the person you connect with will be warmed like the cocoa and “smashedmallows” I am drinking, and it will last with them all season long.
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Care Tuk is a nationally known speaker, educator, and retreat/workshop leader. She has been a school, hospital, and home health occupational therapist for more than 30 years. She has been named as a Top Business Woman in America and recognized for her work with youth, disability outreach and awareness, and the American Cancer Society.