We all value it, seek more of it, and how we prefer to spend our ‘quality time’ is different for each of us. For some it’s dinner with friends, a workout at the gym and for others it is curling up on the sofa with a great book.
For me, quality time is spending time with family. In particular, spending time with my nephews who hold a special place in my heart.
The time spent with children reminds us how to put our worries and cares aside and focus on the now. Through their eyes we see the wonder in day to day things which we often take for granted – the excitement of seeing a rabbit hop by, the taste of ice cream on a hot summer’s day, the sound that carries when a plane passes overhead, the feel of grass on our feet. We are young again. We are present.
What does quality time mean to a child? Any time we spend with them, sharing a laugh, talking, listening and being present and attentive means so much to them. It’s so simple, and takes so little to make them happy and to remind them that they are special. Just a little bit of our time, and we all get so much in return. Yet, in today’s busy world filled with constant tasks, errands, phone calls, emails, tweets, etc. it seems we never have enough time to make room for the important things, the quality time with our loved ones.
When we make time for a child, the benefits on both sides are immeasurable. Actually, they are priceless.
Often spending time with our loved ones is the last thing on our long to do list and before we know it, time has zipped by and we can’t turn it back. We end up wondering where the time went, and how they’ve grow up so fast, wishing we could have enjoyed more precious time with them.
I don’t know about you, but I’m not waiting for another weekend, another holiday, and I’m not saying ‘maybe some other time’, or ‘I’m too busy today, maybe tomorrow’. I’m going to take time in the present and enjoy the now with them. I’m going to giggle over nothing, share a cookie, dance in the kitchen, build a tower from Lego, and I’m going to love every minute of it!
Here’s hoping you get to enjoy your quality time as much as I do.
Manager of Development Programs
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Thursday, July 4, 2013