Today is my Grandmother’s birthday and with her no longer being physically here for us to celebrate it, I felt saddened by that but since the day is officially here I don’t feel that bad. Although I miss her more than anything I smile because of all of the birthdays that I was able to share with her. Every year I try to do something in her honor because it just makes me remember that on this one day it is not just another day, but one that is very special to not only me but to all of my family. I am not sure what we will do today but I want to do whatever we feel that my Grandmother would have enjoyed doing on her special day. I know that my family will all be on their own celebrating and thinking about all of the treasured memories that we had together. I just wanted to take a moment out of my very early morning to wish my one true love, my light, and the one who gave me my mother (right after God), my Grandmother a happy birthday.
With so much going on in
the world our worlds it is not hard to lose sight of what is important. Today I had the pleasure of spending the day with my family at our family reunion and even though there were some that weren’t able to make it, being there in the midst of all of the laughs, food, and love made the day so much better. We all can get so wrapped up in things that don’t or shouldn’t always matter and we put what should be important on the back burner (we’ll talk more about this later) and when we think to come back to it it may be too late. Spending time with and making the memories with family is one of those things that a lot of times we lose sight on and or forget to do and when we think to do it, it can some times be too late. Being around all of my family, and looking at everyone’s faces as they had fun and were enjoying each other made me take a mental snapshot of this one particular moment that we were all able to participate in. We won’t all choose to make certain things a priority in our lives until it is too late, but the one thing in life that will always serve us a purpose and will be the stronghold in our lives (at least for me) is the love of my family. We may bicker with each other, as we all do, but when it’s all said and done memories like these are all worth it. Don’t let life and the things that you’re trying to conquer make you lose sight of what is important, because it is those that are around you that really matter.
It’s summertime and I’m pretty sure that we are all feeling the heat wave that has made its way across this great country of ours, but even as the temperatures rise more than we’d like them to, I am appreciating the glow of the sunshine. This glow can have many different meanings to how you look at it or apply it to your life, but for me it just means that I am enjoying the feeling of the things around me being as good as they are. Everything may not be great, that is life but to see now how things have been working out, and to look out of the window and see the sun shining (even with the heat that it brings) lets me know that even in the darkest of hours that things are not as bad as they may seem, and that God will always make a way. The sunshine will always give me hope, even in the midst of the rain, which has been coming in droves, has washed away all of the pains that we have, to see the sun shining lets me know that things will always work out, no matter what. So I look forward to seeing the sun out and even though it may be hot out, I enjoy seeing God smiling down on me, because it makes me more appreciative of all that He has done for me….
With all of the things that life can throw our way and our minds constantly thinking of the next thing that needs to be done, there isn’t much room to be forgetful. We have all been there before, we forget to pay a bill or to call like we said we would but what happens when you start to forget the important things-the things that really matter. How do we let this mishap, at least in the minds of those that we care for, happen and even though it does not go unnoticed how do we make it right? I think we first have to take a step back and realize what is important to us and focus on that. Forgetting a precious milestone, such as a loved ones birthday, your anniversary, or any of those things hurts and to say that you forgot is not a good excuse. We make time for what we want to in life and never should we put anything before what we hold dear to us, which for me would be the people that I care about most. We can forget a lot of things but you can never erase the memory of joy on someone else’s face when you wish them a ___________ (whatever that may be). If others can take the time and make an effort to remember, the least you can do is try it for once.
Today while I was cruising down my facebook timeline I found something really bizarre, or at least to me. I saw a picture of Tim Tebow being scrutinized for acknowledging his faith in God and right beside that was a picture of veteran basketball player, Jason Collins, and he was being praised for coming out with his sexuality. Is it just me that is baffled by this? You have some people who could praise a man for the way he chooses to live but berate another for his religious beliefs, and I personally think it is wrong. What do I think is wrong with this picture? The fact that in today’s world, people can choose to be so frank about every thing in the world but when the mention of God and religion comes up they do not care to acknowledge it or act as if it is a science that no longer exist. I don’t judge either way because it is not for me to do and being that we all have faults and continue to mess up on a daily basis I never will but as I have been taught, homosexuality goes against what I believe. Have I had friends, family, or even people that I know who have chosen this way of life? Yes, and I don’t look at them any differently because of it but when you start to praise one and look down upon another, which in life we all have done at some point, you have to take a step back and ask, is it the right thing to do? That is the question….
Is it really that hard to let someone know how you feel about them? How much they mean to you? Or to even say thank you after they’ve went out of their way to do something for you? To all of these I say no. We tend to get so wrapped up in every aspect of our lives that we forget to remind those around us, who we care so much about that we appreciate them. It’s never as hard as we make it seem yet it’s the one thing that is at the bottom of our to-do list. I know I am not the only one guilty of this because we all are. I have a small circle of people that I associate with and like it that way but as we progress through this year I want to make sure that each one of them knows just how I feel about them and that I see all that they’re doing in their lives and that its not going unnoticed. And to that one special person whom I seem to go a little above and beyond to let him know how I feel I’m going to have to keep that going as well. We all live to know that the ones we value actually feel the same about us and showing them how you feel or even just saying, “I’m proud of what you’re doing”, can brighten a person’s day. It’s the little things that mean so much.