As I sit tonight waiting for the first snow to fall, I’m reflecting on the fun and relaxing time my best friend and I had in the Cape back in the fall. Our fun and long walks, smells of the beach, the feel of the sand on our toes, and of course…what’s a girls’s night without great cocktails and wine? It was one of the best weekends we’ve had so far. It’s funny though that I bought a book, and I’ve yet to finish it. Sadly, it’s sitting nicely in my nightstand drawer collecting dust. Apparently, I need to take time to read it already. Maybe after Christmas, I’ll actually get around to it. Lately with stuff on my mind, work, taking care of my kiddos and our home…I’m missing the beautiful Oceanside Resort. The place was so pretty, spacious, and included great restaurants. I take for granted the times I get away from the cooking, cleaning, going to and fro throughout the week. Don’t get me wrong. I appreciate it all greatly, but I think I’ve traveled so much at times, that I forget how nice it is to have those luxuries. I’m blessed in my life to have had them.
I’m thankful to have an amazing friend in my life. Throughout the good and the bad in our lives; we’ve had each other to lean on. We’ve celebrated our children’s birthdays, our own birthdays, losses, and our crazy shenanigans. And I wouldn’t trade it for the world. It’s a wonderful thing to have friends to call on and spend time with. This brings me to a point of being mindful of others, especially during this holiday season. I felt convicted in my heart recently about not allowing myself to become to busy or distracted to see the need or needs in front of me. Now I know what some of you might be thinking. Oh here she goes preaching again or it’s impossible to not be busy in my life. Believe me I get it wholeheartedly. We’re all busy with things, whether it be getting our kids off to sports events, preparing for meetings the next day, getting the house cleaned and ready for the holiday season. You name it. It’s out there. But it’s important to take a little time out of the chaos to see where you can be of help to another. In thinking about this, I thought back to when my best friend and I stepped onto beautiful beach sand along a pretty path to a “Kindness Act Project.” I remembered the sweet lady who had been touched my my friends kindness in helping her to find a purple rock she had been looking for. It wasn’t just any rock. No. It meant something to her. I don’t remember what the saying was written on it, but I remember the smile forming on her face that afternoon towards my best friend. I took home several rocks for my two boys, along with the one my friend gave me. Part of the project is…if you take one, you need to make one and bring it back for someone else to find. So I’ve decided to have me boys make their special rock in the next couple of weeks. Once they are done, then we’ll pick a day after the holidays to bring it to the Cape. My boys not only love to travel, but they love the idea of bringing encouragement to others. Definitely take the time to check out the website for the “Kindness Project.”
I also want to take the time to say how important it is again as mothers and fathers a like to do something just for you. It can be a day trip to your favorite place, hiking, snow shoeing, going away for the weekend, cooking a favorite meal and eating it in peace, or anything that’s just about you. Be kind to everyone this season. Love your loved ones. Do something nice to someone this Christmas.
Until next time…