As we approach the holiday season, people are visiting friends, families, making the extra effort to coordinate get togethers, and accommodations for our older relatives. Over the last few years I have lost 3 out of my 4 grandparents and my dog I grew up with. Although of course I miss them, I am happy the way I went about visiting and making time with them. I can recall a time shortly before my grandmothers passing, my sister and my dad and I were going to visit her. My dad ended up getting injured so it seemed we would have to postpone the visit. However, my sister and I still made the trek out to go see her. We had a great day and that was one of the last times we saw her. I can not imagine if I had been selfish and not gone to go see her that day. Another scenario is my dog. As she started to get a bit older the last couple years, I remember when there were times when I just wanted to sit on the couch and did not really want to go in the cold and walk her, but I would think to myself to appreciate what you have now and go walk her. When her time came last march, I of course was sad, but I knew I had made the most of my time with her.
It is important to always make time for ones close to you and to appreciate the here and now, try to do so this holiday season.