On day 284 of my 366-day self-care challenge, I spent some quality time with my husband. Yesterday, we celebrated our 6th wedding anniversary. (Well, technically we celebrated a little over a week ago, but who’s counting?
Spending quality time with loved ones nurtures the relational dimension of our well-being. It deepens our connections with those closest to us, and gives us an opportunity to express gratitude for the good things they bring into our lives.
It’s easy to get lost in our daily routines and forget to take the time to celebrate life’s significant milestones. We get so caught up in planning the next project or milestone that we never really experience the one that’s right in front of us.
In many ways, we treat annual events, such as anniversaries, like pumpkin pie: most of us enjoy it just once a year, yet we’re capable of adding it to the menu any time we want. (I’m not suggesting that you eat pumpkin pie on the regular, but you get the idea.)
Yesterday, we made it a priority to spend quality time together, free from the distractions of television and home improvement projects. Instead immersed ourselves in conversation about the things we are grateful for in one another.
It’s up to us to make the time, to minimize interruptions, and to enjoy the gift of companionship.