I just learned that the father of a dear friend of mine is entering hospice care. He has been fighting cancer for awhile now but he will soon be free from his pain. It’s at a time like this that reality slaps me in the face that so much of life is spent on things that don’t matter. What should matter most is time spent with our loved ones cultivating relationships and making memories that last.
One of my biggest motivations for choosing minimalism is to focus on priorities and get rid of the rest. I can’t think of a bigger priority than the people in your life that you love. In the end, a cluttered house doesn’t really matter. Being punctual for every appointment won’t give you any extra time. Getting that promotion at work won’t make your kids love you any more.
How would today be different if you knew one of your loved ones wouldn’t be here tomorrow? The truth is that none of us are guaranteed a tomorrow. Do the people in your life know how much you care about them? Maybe it’s time you gave them a call, delivered them a hug, or even sent them a quick note. I’m willing to bet someone just popped into your head that you should reach out to today. Don’t let that thought pass without doing something about it.
“Spread love everywhere you go: first of all in your own house. Give love to your children, to your wife or husband, to a next door neighbor… Let no one ever come to you without leaving better and happier. Be the living expression of God’s kindness; kindness in your face, kindness in your eyes, kindness in your smile, kindness in your warm greeting.” – Mother Theresa
Article originally published on 10/21/2010