This morning, I had ten minutes. There were an infinite number of ways I could have used that ten minutes.
Here’s what I did. I used that ten minutes to call my sister in Baton Rouge.
This may not sound revolutionary or even much of a big deal. For me, it was a major pattern interrupt.
There was a time when I would have thought ten minutes was not enough time. I was afraid that my sister or anyone else would think that I was slighting them if I only called for that short amount of time.
Because I kept waiting for a longer period of time, I would put it off and put it off until months went by before we connected. And my relationships suffered accordingly.
Today, I now know that shorter more frequent connections are so much more valuable than a long conversations that never seem to happen.
Relationships are a key part of your dream. Maintaining and deepening your relationships does not have to be hard, just consistent and caring.
We sometimes stop ourselves from reaching out, expressing our love and our appreciation because we may be afraid that it is not good enough. Ultimately, we fear that we may not be enough.
People just want to know that they matter to you and that you care.
This holiday season, know that your displays of love and your gifts or signs of appreciation do not have to be lavish or perfect to show you care. They can simply be a text message stating your love, a quick phone call to check in, or a simple hand on a shoulder to connect in the moment.
As you see that it is you that people want, and you share yourself in all of your imperfection freely, the people you love will know they matter, and your relationships will grow and flourish in amazing ways.