Bring Us Together

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S'moresWe hustle and bustle all day long, we work, we go to school, we do chores, we go out.  Sometimes I even forget to breath!! This weekend, I have been able to take some time off with my family.  We started the fall season early, a fire, s’mores, rainy days and hot coffee (and tea).  If you can’t tell already, I love fall… I love all the seasons, but the fall lends itself to more family times.  There are many holidays (which are fun), but for me it is the weather cooling and the nights lengthening which brings us together.

Our society has started to drift apart.  We live in apartment buildings with hundreds of other people and we know few, if any, of them.  I remember as a child knowing every person in our neighbor hood and if we were an egg short for a recipe we would run over an ask.  But this has changed, we each want to be independent and to not be a burden.  We are missing the fun and company of many people.

Maybe it will take some planning and getting used to, but explore the possibility of bring people together.  Get to know your neighbors, spend quality time with your family, shut down the technology and put away the work.  The fellowship and fun to be found in the company of others is one of the precious moments of life.

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Explore!!

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A fun hike up Camelback Mountain, Arizona earlier this year.

A fun hike up Camelback Mountain, Arizona earlier this year.

Day after day, month after month, we do the same thing. Wake up, eat breakfast, exercise, go to work, come home, eat dinner, watch TV, go to bed. Most people’s schedules are similar to this, with some variation. It was just in the past few months that I decided I had to do something about this in my life.

There are so many things in this world that we will never experience, but there are also a multitude of things around our homes that we can do.

         Challenge: Do something new each month.

                I am not saying that you have to totally turn your life upside down and backwards, but just get out and explore. It can be something small, but do something new. Recently, I went Geocaching with my cousin and friends. Not only did we have fun, but it is something that I will continue to do. Look around your area, find events or places to go. In the cities, look up the museums, the fun restaurants, local events or in the country, look up hikes, festivals and parks. It is amazing the things you can find by just looking.

Go and explore, explore your area, explore your options, have fun with your life.

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