How was your school year, Mama? How did you do this year, Dad? Did you think for a time that you weren’t going to make it to the end?
What is it with the end of the school year? Events, games, practices, performances, and exams. It seems like we drive in an endless circle to the school and back. Plus we have to find time to work in between, try to have a life, and take lots of deep breaths in between.
Thank goodness for shared calendars, texting, and email. Oh, and Google deserves a shout-out, too.
Did you take an end-of-the-year picture of the kids today? How about one of you? Was this the year that they graduated? Be it, high school, college, or eighth grade, it's a big deal.
If you did, look closely and take in how much everyone has changed in the last nine or so months. It’s not even a full year but man, it flies by.
What did you accomplish this year?
What rattled your cage and what made you realize what matters?
Take a moment and really think about it.
Did you save your marriage or finally file for divorce?
Did you finally run that 5k?
Did you kick cancer’s ass? Jen, I’m talking to you.
Maybe, you found a rhythm with your kiddos and homework isn’t such a nightmare for everyone.
Perhaps, you finally formed a boundary with a friendship that was draining you.
Did you have that difficult conversation with a family member, teacher, or significant other?
Did you take that vacation you have always dreamed of?
Did you go to the concert that rocks you to your soul?
How about that job that you have? Does it still give you the drive to get out of bed every day? At the end of the day, does it make you feel like you contributed to something bigger than yourself?
That lunch you had with someone today - did it fill your cup or leave you feeling empty?
We focus so much on our kids and how they are doing, that we forget to sometimes do the same for ourselves.
So, let’s cross this bridge together and take a moment to reflect on the year that was.
What did we do? What didn’t we do?
Tomorrow is another day given to us, God willing, so what will we do with it?
Fill your cup. Even when you’re tired and don’t feel like it. Take a moment and think about what makes you happy. If you don’t know what that is, take the time to figure it out.
When your time is up, it won’t matter what your dress size was. It won’t matter how many friends you had, but the deep friendships that you formed will. People will recall how you made them feel. They will remember that time when you filled their cup.
We aren’t guaranteed another moment, another day, or another year. So take some time to recall the year that was. If it wasn’t what you wanted to be, make it a goal to make the time you’re given better. For you.
As a very popular song says, buy dirt. You won’t be disappointed.
I hope you take some time to reflect on the year that was, for yourself and for your loved ones. And then I hope you get out there and enjoy those gorgeous summer nights. They’ll be over before you know it.
Until next time.