Time Together

igniter JoAnn H relaxes at a Monarch Experience, and iGniters Melissa G and Anne W enjoy a fun afternoon at SUP n SIP…making time for rest and relaxation for mind, body and soul.

Time goes by so fast, people go in and out of your life. You must never miss the opportunity to tell these people how much they mean to you.
— Isak Dinesen

Action Item:
Set aside uninterrupted time everyday to spend with someone you love, and if you are unable to set aside time together, be sure and let them know how much they meant to you.

by Neissa Springmann

by Neissa Springmann

Selfishly, I am writing this journal as much for myself as for an audience. In this busy and success-focused world we live in, I need a good talking-to and reminder of how important spending time together is.

I have never been great at simply spending time, unless of course I am on vacation and forced to do nothing but spend time. I am a ‘busy body’ and feel most successful when I am multi-tasking and crossing things off my list. Since having my son Durant, I’ve definitely slowed down, at least when I’m with him, but the second he goes to sleep, BAM! I’m at it again.

During the evening, I take just enough time to eat dinner and then I’m back to my list. In the event that I can’t muster the mental or physical energy to tackle my to-do’s, I simply crash on the couch, at which time my husband Russell has to peel me off of in order to go to bed. Wide open and transparent, that’s my life and my poor husband (with the exception of Durant) gets all of the leftovers, which don’t add up to much.

To say that my husband is understanding is an understatement! I’ve mentioned this before, but at times poor Russell asks me to, “Treat him like a Monarch.” Unfortunately, he is the recipient of my sarcastic and snarky comments, and while I think his request is funny and we both laugh, I know he’s sincere. We are an interesting pair, because his work requires a lot of time! He travels a ton and oftentimes has to work during the evening hours as well. Honestly, we could both work 24 hours a day and we would still have plenty to do, but there comes a time when enough is enough and we must spend uninterrupted time together.

iGniters taking time after class to catch up on life.

iGniters Syd S and Jane H taking time after class to catch up on life.

We live in a culture where there are plenty of distractions. From work, social events, school activities and constant stimulation that keeps the brain wired. While each of these distractions have a place in our life, they are not so important that they can replace the necessity of time together.

I’m always amazed at what spending time together can do. It creates a magical bond that ties hearts together and it always adds enthusiasm to the relationship and life. Therefore, this week I encourage you to set aside uninterrupted time every day to spend with someone you love. If you are unable to set aside time together, be sure and let them know how much they mean to you. Who knows, maybe your time together will land you a spot on the Ellen Degeneres Show, like the dynamic duo of Sophia Grace and Rosie. Enjoy- you are going to LOVE this!

JOIN THE DISCUSSION– What can you modify in your life to make it possible to tackle this week’s Action Item? Take a glance at our Weekly Intention Guide for a little assistance and some ideas.

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