Even from the time of being children, the importance of family and friends is something we have always known. We even need to interact socially for develop properly- children are proven to develop certain parts of their brain better when in social situations with other children around.
From problem solving abilities to learning to coexist with other people around us, we get a little bit of it all from playing on the playground as little guys. Oh and when we fall off the slide and bite our tongue? We learn important self-soothing techniques.
And talk about a lesson in coexisting with other people, a family is a double dose of all of life’s crazy lessons. We see the choices others have made and how they affected them. We learn to take our first steps with family and have a constant source of support.
It’s important not to take the help of friends and family for granted, though. That’s why it’s healthy to think of the things you’re thankful for at least once every few days.
You can even write it down or make a journal out of it so you can keep track of the good things in your life. When you start to look at it, you realize that many of the things you’re thankful came from the goodwill of others.
This really is a “pay it forward” kind of system. I read a saying once that went something like this, “give without remembering, take without forgetting.” Not just money, as that’s only a small part of life. We have to make sure and keep a real, living connection with our loved ones.
Try calling your closest family once a week, pick a day to sit aside about an hour or so and call just to say hi. Make it a surprise, the thought alone will make your family member happy.
It’s not only a matter of being there for the happy go lucky moments though, we also have to help when another family member is down. It may not be within us to care for certain family members, but we have to remember to put the past aside.
I myself am dealing with my grandpa right now. He’s getting to the point of needing to be helped into and out of the vehicle when we take him to one of his various doctor appointments. It’s tough on me because I haven’t always had the best relationship with my grandpa, but I know that he needs my help.
It’s always important to set aside your ego and pride in times of need like this. Who knows, you might be in a similar situation one day. What goes around comes around they say, and there’s only one way to find out.
So reach out today, let people know you care about them and that you’re there to help. They’ll appreciate it, and in the long run everybody will be better off.
This world is big enough and its fields lush enough for all of us to live well and happily. We live together, we learn together. Spread the love.