May 3, 2013

“Take time to be with your family and friends”

Reflect on your family, your friends or the place where you live, and the satisfaction they bring you. Recognizing what you’re grateful for helps keep things in perspective as we all know life is too short.

Gratefulness will always carry you through the tough times, and gives you the strength to surpass the stress of challenges we all face from time to time.  And, we all go through life with some form of stress.

We all appreciate the pleasure when you receive from a phone call with a friend or an email that allowed you to laugh with your children or viewing the old family album and reminiscing when your children were young and so were you.

Sometimes the small things in life outshine the big things – some of my friends enjoy the affection of a pet, and others like me love crafts and others enjoying a day on the golf course or a deep and fulfilling relationship.  

I just recently lost another sibling.  It is painful.  Rest in Peace ……… Sister, Tina.

Each family has its own special history and the shared bonds that are a part of that history. When a sibling dies, the bonds are shattered, and the history forever has a void that cannot be filled.

When your parents die, it is said you lose your past; when your spouse dies, you lose your present; and when your child dies, you lose your future. However, when your sibling dies, you lose a part of your past, your present, and your future.

Take the time to reflect and nourish the gratitude and spend more time with your family.


  1. I really appreciated this post of yours. My family is scattered to the wind and it's easy for us to take each other for granted.

  2. So sorry to hear of your loss. Family is the best thing in the world and we so often take them for granted.

  3. I am sorry for the loss of your sister. I have lost my brother and it is not easy.

    I love that quote - about the past - present - and future.

    I am so sorry - hugs.


  4. This one, like all of your posts has a lot of insight. It is a pleasure to drop by where Roses are Read.

    Yes the loss hurts, and too many times I have vowed to make time for the loved ones left, and do for a short period, but then get carried away with life.

    It is nice to have a friend to remind you to set and keep the priorities RIGHT.

    Love and HUGS from North Carolina.

  5. A truly wonderful post, contains great advice too. What you said on loss is so true. I lost my youngest sister, then just six months ago I lost my beloved husband,Johnny.
    Love your blog. Have an awesome day.

  6. Message forwarded from Barbara Maitland:

    Wow! Great insight and stories.

    You rock!


  7. Great insight in this read. I had never looked at friends and family as you describe the puzzle. But as I am reading I realize how on the money you are.
    Thanks, this reading has calmed me down and made me realize the IMPORTANT parts of life.
    I was upset this morn, but now, I do feel better.
    We need a friend to bring us back in line with a good prospective.
    ((HUGS)) to a great lady!