Christmas time always makes me take a step back and marvel over the blessings in my life. When I say blessings, I mean Love, Kindness, Health, and the gift of Time.
It’s reminds me to ask myself, What am I doing for others? Am I being good to and appreciative of the people in my life?
I try to be as kind and loving to my family as possible. I realize that one day, the life we have now, will change, and I’ll look back at this time and realize how wonderful it was to have my children with me, my husband, my parents, and my brother and his family close by. I don’t want any regrets pertaining to the people I love the most. I try to make people the priority in my life. It’s hard sometimes. As selfish as that may sound. It’s easy to get caught up in materialistic things, work, and worries (of all kinds). But I constantly remind myself what it’s all about. Not just at Christmas but all year round.
It’s about people.
It’s about being kind and good and loving and helpful and appreciative and giving, I could go on and on. These are the things that matter to me. And one day, I hope these will be the things that matter to my children.
For now, my 2-year-old son, Kian, wants toys, and toys, oh yeah, and more toys. In his defense, he has a good excuse… he’s 2! But like all kids, Kian is observant. He hears, sees, and then mimics what his parents say and do. So, as parents we have this amazing power to teach our children to be kind, loving, and giving. Which we try to be, to set a good example.
We set the example, and explain to Kian why it’s important to be kind. I point out our blessings, and explain the needs of others to him and explain how we can help. Kian is 2, so I keep the talks short and simple. I don’t expect him to grasp everything. I just think introducing him to all of it at a young age is important and eventually it’ll stick and hopefully helping others will become a norm to him.
A few days ago, I encouraged Kian to look through all of his toys to see if he could find a toy that he could give away to another child. He could not bear the thought of separating from one of his toys and I didn’t pressure him. After pacing back and forth and giving it a lot of though, he brought the tiniest trinket (something you’d get out of a quarter machine) to me and said “I’m going to give this one”. Hmm, it wasn’t what I was going for but I’ll take it! He’s learning and I know that, with each passing month that I ask him to be considerate and share his blessing with others and as his understanding grows, so will his contribution.
In the meantime, my family and I need to set an awesome example of what Kindness looks like. And keep what’s important at the forefront, People. ♥
Thank You for Reading!
(Listening to: One More Try- George Michael)