Quality time is the one of the most amazing gifts you can give to another person. This is especially true in today’s world. We are so busy. Our to do lists are impossible to accomplish as they go on and on and on. So when we take a break for our ever busy lives to give someone else our attention, it means a lot.
Recently, Matthew, Skye, and I decided to spend some time in D.C. I am pregnant with baby #2 so I wanted to be around my family. It’s been over 10 years since I’ve spent this much time in Washington, D.C.
I have fallen in love with this city. Plus, there’s not much that compares to spending time around people you love.
I realize most people who live near their extended family take them for granted. For me, it’s amazing to be able to see my family several times a week. Skye, who’s 20 months old now knows my parents, siblings, and her cousin who is close in age. It’s so wonderful to see her developing a real relationship with them. It’s just not the same trying to build that relationship over the phone, skyping, and occasional visits.
Face-to-face interactions is still the best way to build and maintain relationships.
But quality time isn’t just about seeing a person or being in their physical presence. In order for the time you spend with a person to be good quality, you must include these three characteristics too:
- All parties have to be actively engaged.
- You must give your focused attention to the person or people.
- Make sure you’re fully present in the moment.
So choose an activity where everyone can feel comfortable and be themselves. Also, select an environment that makes it easy to connect. I don’t really consider going to the movies to be quality time. You’re not even looking at each other or really engaging each other at all during the movie, which can last 2 hours.
Try choosing an activity where it’s easy to connect, talk, listen, and look into each other’s eyes.
One of the things I do with my family often is Sunday brunch. We love good food and this enables us to talk and catch up with each other. Plus everyone has to eat, so this prevents us from choosing an activity where someone may feel left out.
When done properly, spending time with loved ones is the ultimate self care. People’s energy feeds off of each other. When people come together in love and mutual appreciation for each other, they magnify feelings of joy and love within each person. It’s amazing!
The power of quality time is that it inspires us and opens our hearts to experience more in our lives. Nothing can compare to it. No other form of self care can replace time with people who nourish and encourage you.
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