Kids & Commitment
Seek first to understand then to be understood
“Can you really afford to go on vacation with the kids with all your bills and such?” says a well-intentioned friend.
My first thought was to respond with- “Well, it’s really none of your business”- however, this was a perfect opportunity to create a touchpoint with someone.
A few years ago, I made a commitment to myself and my kids that each year, I would take them on a family vacation. As a divorced Momma, with two kids and yes, some financial strains brought about over the last two years from my son’s medical condition and surgery- has required that I sacrifice in some areas of my life & work my tail off to save and honor this promise.
Are there other areas in my life in which I have dropped the commitment ball and failed to show up… Yep… I’m sure of it.
It really boils down to what our true priorities in life are and what we CHOOSE to commit to. For some, it may be living a super healthy lifestyle|financial wealth|relationship with spouse or rescuing injured animals.
Ever see the movie Family Vacation? Clark Griswold was ALL in- albeit with a few bumps in the road-when it came to getting his family across country for good times at Wally World!
There is no room for passivity or complacency for those who are truly committed to change, growth and accomplishing their goals.
I value this precious and fleeting time with my kiddos. As the years pass on and they get older, I hope that they too will come to understand that not everything will be handed to them- I must step aside- allow them to struggle, commit and work for what they want.
Time spent with those you love and care about is one of the greatest gifts of all.
“Can you really afford to go on vacation with the kids?”
I can’t afford not to.