Posted in Life & Wellness, Relationships

Get closer. Have a “WE” time.

“If conversation was the lyrics, laughter was the music, making time spent together a melody, that could be replayed over and over without getting stale.” – Nicholas Sparks

If we want to build strong foundation for relationships, we need to set an exclusive time for bonding, and be tenacious in doing it. It has to be constantly and persistently and it could be any activity that you do daily, weekly, or monthly. The key here is to spend time together on a set schedule repeatedly.

I have a graveyard work schedule, and so I sleep during the afternoon. I deliberately choose to sleep in the afternoon because I want to see and welcome my 5-year old daughter back from school. When she takes her nap, I sleep with her but we have this everyday ritual that we call “Cuddle Time”. 🙂

When we’re in bed, we talk, sometimes we sing together or read a book, then we tickle each other, we exchange kisses on the face, and hug-hug-hug a lot! And then we pray and go to sleep.

We do this every single day. WHY? Because this is how we could strengthen our bond as mother & daughter. This is our “WE” time. And this is what I want her to remember when she grows up- the fun & happy times, not those times when I get frustrated at her.

Now it is not enough to just set a time. It is important to be “present” in that exact moment. Don’t do it with your mind elsewhere, otherwise you are not going to enjoy and it loses its significance for you. It will be just like any other routine.

If you want to strengthen your relationship with your spouse, siblings, parents or friends, be intentional in spending “WE” time with them. Do not put other things before your scheduled time of “togetherness” and ALWAYS be mindful of the moment. Be there and be present physically & emotionally!

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Posted in Inspirational, Positive Thinking

Happy Thanksgiving!

“Gratitude can transform common days into Thanksgiving, turn routine jobs into joy, and change ordinary opportunities into blessings.”- William Arthur Ward

Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays because it reminds me of how blessed I am in my life. When I switch on my “focus on the good stuffs” mode, I realize how there are so many things that I should be grateful for.

Here are some of the things that I’m really thankful for:
  • Relationships. It gives me opportunity to love, to care, to be kind, and to think of others aside from my self. My relationship with others is what makes me human. It gives me infinite joy to share love and goodness with other people- be it my family, friends, co-workers, or acquaintances.
  • Time. I’m grateful for the time I have to spend with my favorite people in the world. I’m grateful for the time I could use to do the things that I love to do like write on my blog or play my guitar. I’m thankful for the time that I could spend for myself- the time to meditate, to read, or the time to just be alone and do nothing.
  • Trials. I’m thankful for the problems, the trying times, and even for the failures that I encounter in life. Because of trials, we get to know our strengths, and we get to test our patience and perseverance.  I know they give pain, headaches and heartaches, but it’s what makes us stronger, wiser, and better people.
  • Myself. I thank myself for making me realize that I could be happy by being me. When I listen to myself, it tells me my heart’s desires. It tells me what I need to do to improve my well-being in all the different aspects of my life. And it also tells me when I need to take a break or to stop!
  • The simple things that gives me much pleasure. Music. Flowers. Coffee. The clouds and the stars in the sky. The smell of the trees. The sound of the birds. A walk. Good conversations. Laugh for my mistakes. And for a delicious meal!
How about you?
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Here’s my take-away quote for Thanksgiving- something that we can ponder on.
“Not what we say about our blessings, but how we use them, is the true measure of our thanksgiving. ~ W. T. Purkiser”
…and REMEMBER:
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Posted in Life & Wellness, Random Happiness

The Value of Time

“How did it get so late so soon? Its night before its afternoon. December is here before its June. My goodness how the time has flewn. How did it get so late so soon?”-  Dr. Seuss

Hello Everyone,

Wow! It’s Thursday already…for this 4 days, what significant things were you able to do so far?
Have you spent quality time with the people you love?
Did you do something that you’re passionate about?
Were you able to make a difference in someone else’ day? (for the better?, I hope.)
Have you done something that made YOU happy?

This video I’m about to show you has made me appreciate the value of time more.
I have known that “Time is Valuable,” but if I analyze how I spend every minute or hour of my time, I can see that I have a big room for improvement in the “time-management” department. 🙂

I hope that you will enjoy, but more importantly learn from this video.

 

Video Courtesy of YouTube

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Posted in Life & Wellness, Random Happiness

The Jar: A Lesson on Life

Hello Everyone! 🙂

What are the things that matter most in your life today? Do you allot the proper amount of time and attention for these things?

This is a terrific video about the things that we need to prioritize in life.
I hope that you’ll find this moving and life-changing. Enjoy!

“If you spend all your time and energy on the small stuff, you will never have room for the things that will make you happy.”

 

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