One of my favorite things about December is that I always see and hear from so many friends. I love getting Christmas cards, and I anticipate spending good, quality time with our families around the holidays.
This week a neighbor stopped by with a plate of homemade goodies. It made my night! We only chatted for ten minutes, but those ten minutes warmed my heart, something desperately needed in light of the tragedy in our country.
Both my parents and my husband's parents spent last weekend with us to watch our daughter's Christmas dance recital. Now, I know many, many women with strained in-law relationships. I also have plenty of friends with strained parent relationships. And, I hesitate to even write this, but in the end, I want you all to know what a blessing I consider our parents to be.
We have always been able to host our families in our house with no drama. Our parents are true role models, because they make an effort to get along with each other. My parents and my husband's parents place a high value on Christian morals--and they walk the walk.
How is this a one-minute vacation?
Some friends and family members make us better people. When they show up or call or write a card, our hearts expand--our lives improve because of them.
But some of our relationships bring stress--stress that we didn't cause, but that we have to deal with at high-tension times like Christmas.
When you dread the people who bring you stress, remember that you--like my parents and my husband's parents--can simply walk the walk. You might not be able to "fix" troubled relations, but you can be a light to the people around you.
In the meantime, think of the people in your life who bring you joy. Go ahead! Smile! They're wonderful, aren't they?
Do you have good role models? Who are they? If you don't, can you be the role model you always wanted?
Have a terrific day!