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.
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.
You lit my candle!
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.
Thank you for reminding me to put unimportant things on hold to allow time for what really matters. Relationships are everything.
Well said! Proud to know you.