Bored? Frustrated? Look for Moments to Treasure
By Sandy Schroeder
As we all struggle with today's world and its ongoing demands, it is easy to become bored, frustrated or downright cranky. Just ask me. I run through all of these reactions almost every day, but then I see things that remind me of what could and should be done.
Jimmy Reminds Us of What Is Important
I frequently tune in to Jimmy Fallon's late night show. With a quick smile he welcomes everyone into his home. At the same time, he manages to be patient with his two young daughters, keep an eye on the dog, and even come up with a surprise birthday cake for his wife. Of course he has lots of resources and hands-on help, but he has a master's touch when it comes to seeing the good in people and bringing out the best.
Henry Winkler Shares Memories
Henry Winkler, a legend in our time, used his appearance on "The Tonight Show," to invite us into his home and went on to tell us how he met his wife 40-some years ago as he was experiencing his first big success with "Happy Days." She was working in the Beverly Hills store where he went to buy a jacket. Then he went back to buy another the next day. Forty-two years later they are still married. He then admits he keeps everything as he whips out the two jackets and a leather one that he wore as Fonzie.
When Jimmy had Ben Stiller on, he talked about another legend, Ben's dad, Jerry Stiller, who was 90. Jimmy and Ben traded stories about their parents and obviously treasured every minute of the reminiscing.
After watching his shows, it raises the question. What should we be treasuring? It's easy to become obsessed with all of the day-to-day demands, but maybe we should set aside some time for special moments too. Show those around you how much you care.
- Cook something special for dinner and sit down to savor the food and just talk
- Round up books, puzzles, and games that you always intend to get to
- Talk with your kids about how they are feeling and how they could reach out to help others
- Teach a child to cook, play an instrument or write down their thoughts in a journal
When the virus relinquishes its grip on us, if we are lucky we will have created some new habits that are well worth treasuring.
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