The Important Stuff

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It is very easy to be consumed by the merry-go-round of our lives – work, bills, mortgages, our homes and the never-ending chores.

Yesterday was about the really important stuff – spending time and sharing a meal with some of my extended family.

We hosted a BBQ for about 20 of my cousins and partners.  I had hoped to arrange it for before Christmas but there is always many social occasions at that time of the year that I decided to make it for the New Year. It was a special time that I will cherish for a long time.

I have some very close friends but for me, the saying “blood is thicker than water” rings true.  We do not see each other terribly often but the sense of shared history creates a strong bond that endures across time and distance.  It is important to nurture that bond by taking time in our busy lives to stop and re-connect with those who are important to us.

I know that not everyone has the luxury of a close bond with their families which only serves to remind me of how fortunate I am.  Do you have family or friends who are an enduring presence in your life?  How do you maintain these relationships?