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.