This weekend I set an intention in my journal to have quality family time with all three members of my family: hubby, daughter, son. My heart longs for connection with them when we have been busy and going in many different directions. The weekends don’t always provide space to connect, with all three, yes, hubby too, playing soccer every weekend and a teenager with a whole new schedule.
This weekend I noticed how my own behavior and distractions can get in the way of connecting with those in front of me. My family wasn’t different this weekend, I was. I paid attention to the things that I thought about speaking out and instead took a breath and let them go. I noticed my busy active personality choose to linger longer at the breakfast table where we were all gathered.
With subtle changes in my own actions my heart was full by Sunday night. We had connected as a family unit, and I connected individually with all three of my cuties. We didn’t take a long family walk together or play board games for hours on end, two things in my fantasy mind that I would LOVE to happen every day, but the quality connection occured in little ways. Big meaningful little ways. My son taught me how to play a song on the piano, my daughter accompanied me on two grocery store trips and even though I can’t stand football, I asked my husband some questions during the Coug (Washington State University) football game vs. some team wearing green and yellow, that helped me learn a little bit more about a game I don’t exactly care for, but I do care for my hubby. And if you marry a Coug, well, then every fall they will be in front of the TV on Saturdays for at least three hours. I could connect with him and find my own joy despite my feelings for the sport. We cooked in the kitchen together before the game, giving me the connection I desired.
I didn’t have to tell myself “every weekend sucks because we do our own thing”, instead I noticed, was aware and made different choices.
I can hold a vision of connection in my heart and get out of my mind what that needs to look like and walk away smiling, filled up, grateful, believing.
Hi, I’m Jenny Gwinn McGlothern, Certified Transformational Master Life Coach, Retreat Leader, Writer, Teacher and Seeker. As founder of my retreat business, Mama Needs A Refill, LLC, one way I know I fill my cup is by showing up to a blank page to write. Thank you for stopping by and reading my Random Monday Thoughts, because I will be honest that fills my cup too, knowing others are reading my filled page. Life is too short to blog about anything else unless it touches my heart. Please know I appreciate you joining me on this journey whether you visit every week since I began in 2009 or this is your first blog stop.
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