Relationships

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Relationships
by Peggy Kates

Yesterday I read a devotional about relationships and it made me reflect on the relationships in my life, I thought about all the people in my life and the wide diversity of those relationships.  I had an absolutely wonderful week – full of love, friendships – both old and new.  My week began last Saturday at the Jameson family Cousin Christmas There were 57 of us present – we laughed, told stories, ate (the Jamesons are all wonderful cooks!).  I left there thinking about how blessed I was to be a part of this heritage – to be a part of a family that loved one another – a family that showed respect and kindness to everyone regardless – the privilege to visit with my Aunt Carole, Aunt Phyllis, Uncle Hubert and Aunt Ramona – all of whom are over 80.

On Monday I had lunch with some very dear friends.  There were our neighbors in Cashion and ono one could ask for better neighbors.  Old friends that I cherish immensely.

The next night was a party for members of a board that I serve on.  A time to get to know new friends better.  It was great – learning more about each one – learning about their families – their interests and why they choose to give back to the community.

Later in the week a former employee came by to say hi and catch me up on her children.  Another called to see how I was doing and then there was sadness when I learned of the death of another former employee.

A business acquaintance brought lunch for the office staff and I was fascinated by their business success story.  Jack is 77 years old and still growing strong.  Other business associates came by and we visited about their lives and their families – business relationships that have developed into friendships.

I received a Christmas news letter from my college roommate.  As I read her letter I thought back to the wonderful times we had in college and all those relationships and friendships that were made.

I went to Sonic and the people there call me by name and have my drink ready for me. (Probably means I go to Sonic too often).

I have watched several Hallmark movies this week.  Yes, they are syrupy and you know how the story will end but the theme is consistent – it is all about relationships.

So, this morning I am reflecting on the week and all the people in my life.  I am reflecting on whether I make a difference in someone’s life.  I am reflecting on the love I have for my family and friends.  One of Ben’s favorite movies was “It’s a Wonderful Life”.  George never accomplished the financial success that he wanted but he developed something more – friends and family.  They say that people come into your life for a reason, a season, or a lifetime.  I realize that a simple smile to the clerk at Walgreens or a friendly hello to the waiter at Chelinos – every connection I make is an opportunity to shine light into someone’s life – whether for an instant or a lifetime.

So, this morning as I am reflecting on my life, I know the things I most cherish are family and friends.  All the money in the world cannot satisfy if you don’t have family and friends in your life.  I am thankful for my wonderful sisters and how we have been there for each other during a very difficult time.  I am thankful for my children and their spouses and grandchildren and all the hugs.  I am thankful for my friends – both old and new – who bring so much joy to my life.  So, during this Christmas season, I want all my family and friends to know how much I love and appreciate them – how important you are in my life.  I know I could never have survived since Ben’s death without you.

Happy New Year to All and May 2023 bring you all of you happiness and rich blessings.

5 Comments for : Relationships
    • Ron Rocke
    • January 23, 2023
    Reply

    Peggy,
    Great article. You have been an inspiration to many of us. Ben was a great friend and business associate and you have continued his kindness.

    • Dick Hefton
    • January 23, 2023
    Reply

    You lit my candle!

    • David Timberlake
    • January 23, 2023
    Reply

    Peggy , what a great article you wrote. It is very refreshing to read about your relationships in life and how important they are to all of us. I feel blessed to know you and all of your great family and to have had the pleasure of working together with your family for many years.

    • Nancy K Hyde
    • January 23, 2023
    Reply

    Thank you for reminding me to put unimportant things on hold to allow time for what really matters. Relationships are everything.

    • Catherine Armitage
    • January 23, 2023
    Reply

    Well said! Proud to know you.

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