A few days ago, my husband and I traveled to the "city of love", Paris. And I was super-excited not for the sake of the destination but because of the occasion. And the occasion was not an anniversary or birthday, the occasion was simply: Remembering us! Let me explain...
The past year was full of events for both of us - a lot of great changes, new opportunities, experiences and lessons learned. Which was awesome but at the same time meant that we had been occupied with so many activities that there was not a lot of time to slow down and take a break from everything. So, a few weeks ago, my husband turned to me and said: "Babe, do you realize that we didn't travel together throughout last year?" I paused for a moment to think. And it was true, shockingly I had done so much traveling for business on my own, that I hadn't even noticed. Therefore, in my mind, because I was on planes so frequently last year, it appeared to be a year full of traveling. To the extent that I had completely overlooked that even though I had traveled a lot alone, I hadn't done so with my significant other.
At this point, some might wonder where this is going and think:"Ok, so what? There are millions of couples out there that never travel together, so what's the big deal?" Well, to me it wasn't really the traveling aspect that got me thinking but the realization that I missed something meaningful in our relationship. How often do we overlook or forget things because we are so focused on ourselves - to the extent that the people around us are forgotten? Of course, I hadn't forgotten about my husband but sometimes we simply need to be reminded of the beautiful things. The things that not only bring us joy but that truly bless our lives. The loved ones that make a difference in our lives, those that add value and give us that additional motivation of wanting to be and do better.
I believe, it is very rewarding to consciously remember the people and things we appreciate and are grateful for. In fact, I think that it should become a daily habit for everyone to list at least 3 things every day that they are grateful for. If they are the same 3 things every day, awesome! If they are different things each day even more amazing. It is good to be reminded of certain things sometimes. Some people think that we should only move forward and never look back but where do you think this fuzzy feeling stems from when a fond memory from the past comes to mind? It shows that remembering things from former times doesn't have to be something negative, it can be that reminder you need to make you aware of something amazing. And in this case, remembering that traveling had been an essential part of our relationship since we met, was such a reminder and brought back beautiful memories.
"Yet hope returns when I remember this one thing: The LORD 's unfailing love and mercy still continue, Fresh as the morning, as sure as the sunrise." Lamentations 3:21-23 GNB With that said, enjoy and appreciate life and never forget the blessings that are worth being remembered.