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Yesterday, my husband and I celebrated our 6th wedding anniversary. (Well, technically I guess we celebrated a little over a week ago, but this was our actual anniversary so we celebrated again.)
Spending quality time with loved ones nurtures the relational dimension of our well-being. It deepens our connections with those who are closest to us, and gives us an opportunity to express gratitude for the good things they bring into our lives.
Even the most casual relationships can be challenging at times; no one sees eye to eye all the time. But romantic relationships require a special kind of attention. They require a deeper level of understanding, compassion, and forgiveness.
It’s easy to get lost in our daily routines and forget to take the time to celebrate life’s significant milestones. It seems that with each passing moment, we’re so busy planning the next one that we never really experience the one that’s right in front of us.
Yesterday, we made it a priority to spend quality time together, free from the distractions of television and home improvement projects, and instead immersed ourselves in conversation about the things we are grateful for in one another.
In many ways, we treat anniversaries like pumpkin pie: most of us only enjoy it once a year, yet we are fully 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 picture.)
It’s up to us to make the time, to minimize interruptions, and to enjoy the gift of companionship.