Another Saturday of putting in extra hours at the office playing catch-up left me in the above state of mind, and feeling very disconnected from everyone. I thought about something that had happened that week. One of my fellow bloggers said "I love you" in their comment on one of my posts. It was unexpected and felt like a warm fuzzy on the cold, dreary day that it appeared. I thought about how many people I truly care about, and then I asked myself... do they know that? In many cases, probably not.
I made a list of all the people in my life that matter to me. I started with family, and then began to add the friends I know personally and online. I scrolled down my blogroll and the list of my Facebook friends and realized that the great majority of people shown there are people that I know on some level and that truly matter to me. Yet beyond a quick comment or hitting the "like" button on photos, quotes and statuses, I really haven't shared much on a personal level, largely due to lack of time and energy... and the tendency to hold back to prevent becoming drained... or hurt.
I am a strong believer in the importance of telling people that you love them now - in the moment - since life can change in the blink of an eye, and there may never be an opportunity. I've decided it's time to put that belief into practice. While it's true that I don't have a lot of time or energy left at the end of the day, I have a little. So from now on I am going to dedicate a few minutes each day to working my way down that list I made and sending out a few little love notes, by text or message or email, or maybe even a real snail mail now and then. I'm going to check them off to make sure no one gets left out over time, and when I've shared a little love with everyone on the list, I'm going to do it all over again!
We live in a very busy world, I am always coming and going and mostly spinning my wheels. As part of my intent to slow things down internally a bit, I am going to begin to make time for the people in my life that make my life worthwhile. Little love notes... that's something any of us can do, even if you can only manage one a day - that's one person you made smile and feel loved!
This was written for Two Shoes Tuesday
here the theme choices this week are leaf and little.
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