Story last updated at 12/30/2009 - 12:11 pm
This is the time of year when our TVs, papers and magazines are filled with articles on how we can make resolutions. We're taught how to lose weight, keep our finances in tow and de-clutter our homes.
This is not one of those articles. Instead, I'm just going to share an idea I have that, hopefully, I'll be able to carry through 2010. I'm resolving to appreciate my family and friends more than ever.
I want to savor the sweetness of my husband's hug after he's come home from a long day's work. He may have to get to bed early and arise early, only to do it all over again the following four days, but I'm sure glad he has a job and is physically able to keep it. He never complains.
I want to call my son more often and tell him how much I appreciate him. I love how he cares for his young bride and their two children by working hard every day, much like his father. I hope I'll never take for granted that he lives only six hours away.
I want to listen to my daughters better when they're burdened with college requirements and part-time work. It's not easy for them to pay their rent and gas - let alone maintain good grades. Hearing them talk about what's important to them is something I won't ignore.
As for my mom, I want to treasure every minute I can with her. She's 81, her pacemaker stopped working long ago and she struggles with the advanced stages of Alzheimer's. I want to hold her hands, tell her I love her, and remind her that someday, she will see Dad again--as all our family here will. I believe that somehow, she knows in her heart how much her family honors her and thanks God for her life. If you're in my shoes, never underestimate the power of your visits.
Finally, I hope this column will be filled with encouraging thoughts to help make your day a bit better. Life isn't always easy. And there's certainly heartaches along the way. But through each of the 365 days the year brings us, I believe that together, we will appreciate the sacredness and fragility of life as we resolve to appreciate those around us.
May God bless each of you and your families in 2010.
Judy Halone can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.