We were sitting in the living room sipping champagne by candlelight not too long ago, Mark and the kids and I, toasting various things in life like babies and future hikes on our favorite trails and sunsets over Lake Michigan, when we got to talking about important life lessons. The conversation was so good that after a while I asked Corey to take some notes and this is what we came up with.
Someone famous once said, “Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle.” That is so true. Our family is going through a tough time right now, but so are a lot of other people. Just be nice to everyone, it’s not that difficult (most of the time).
Celebrate the Little Things
In our family we have something called Wine Time when we gather together with candles and wine and say one good thing that happened to us that day. Sometimes it’s hard to contribute, but nobody has ever not said something. Even if you have to dig deep, find reasons to be thankful.
Give money, give time, give advice. Every little bit is more than they would have had otherwise. Even a smile is a form of giving. Give whatever you can and do it often.
Get rid of things you don’t need. Toss out the junk, all forms of it. It takes focus away from what’s really important.
Use the Good Dishes
Life is too short to save the good stuff for another day. Burn the nice candles. Sleep on the expensive sheets. And by all means, use the good dishes.
This conversation was so beautiful. If you are reading this and feel like you have an important life lesson of your own to share, please write it in the comments. My family would love to read them.