We all go through daily routines of things “we must get done” in order to feel like our day was a success. In reality, sometimes we find out too late that it is really time with our family that matters the most and where our time should be focused.
My dad recently passed away and my days now are not as busy as they used to be, because some things don’t seem to matter like they did. I constantly encourage my kids to treat each day like it may be their last – speak kind words, help others, be a good friend, give a hug, share your faith and always tell those you love how much they mean to you. We get so busy and wrapped up in things that we fail to speak the words “I love you” to those we care for the most. Words are powerful and can make a difference in the lives of people around you. You may not think you need to hear it, but be assured there is someone you come in contact with each day that those three simple words are exactly what they need to hear.
I was very close to my dad and talked to him every day, and I always made sure the last thing he heard was “I love you”. I was (and will always be) a “daddy’s girl” and my life is forever changed without him in it. I have great memories and stories to share but I wanted something more that would give me a sense of him being with me always – unlike photos that fade and memories that grow vague over time. I had a quilt made of my daddy’s shirts and it will be a keepsake to be passed down for years to come. It will keep me warm, bring me comfort and will help me feel closer to him. When others see it, it will only look like a quilt, but to me it is a patchwork of memories…each square a beautiful reminder of my dad.
I spent the last two weeks of my dad’s life at his hospital bedside caring for him. I did not know it at the time, but looking back I know now, that it was a precious “gift from God” and I will be forever thankful for that special time. The last words he heard me speak were “I love you”, so I have no regrets. My family matters and I let them know daily…what about you?
Focus on your family and tell them what they mean to you. Count your blessings daily and give thanks for the time you are given with them.