I’ll jump right to the point here. Put your money where your mouth/heart is. Don’t say that family and friends are what you value if you’re spending your time and money on things. The excuses “I don’t have time” or “I don’t have money” roll off our tongues all too easily when we’ve chosen to spend our time and money elsewhere. Be honest with yourself and others about what you’re choosing to invest your time and money.
The Christmas season tends to turn us all into shopaholics that are too busy to make time for cooking dinner, much less eating it with the family. We’re all too busy trying to impress our “friends” and neighbors by purchasing things instead of spending time with our friends and family. I could buy every toy in the store, but my kids really just want to spend time with me.
If things are what you feel are important, then by all means continue to spend your time buying and caring for things. But if people are more important, it’s time to take a step back from the consumer lifestyle. Reduce the amount of stuff you’re bringing into your home and are spending precious time caring for. Funnel that time and money into the people you care for. Play a game with your kids, visit your elderly family members, or visit a friend for coffee and a chat. It only takes 5 minutes of your day to call someone up and let them know you’re thinking about them. You’ll find much more fulfillment in your life than you ever did by playing the game of keeping up with the Jones’.
Personally those two smiles above are far more important to me and it’s high time I start spending more time with them than with my computer!