A wonderful book 25 Ways to Win with People by John Maxwell and Les Parrott had a chapter that could easily speak to the heart of any human being. They stated we shouldn't be so complacent in life to wait for awesome moments to happen, but instead take the reins ourselves and initiate them and create special memories with people. What a concept!
There are so many benefits to reminiscing on fond memories, including promoting positive emotions and connecting with others on a very personal level. But you can only do this if you have positive memories to reflect on.
"Few things bond people together like a shared memory. Soldiers who battle together, teammates who win a championship, and work teams that hit their goals share a connection that never goes away." (Pg. 26, Maxwell)
Since when are we required to wait for those moments to happen? Take the time to make it happen, and if you don't have the time, don't bother. Give what it takes to make that connection; don't set a boundary that could cut the memory or the special bond short. Limitless possibilities for special encounters will open up if you give yourself the time needed. Just imagine where this could lead... drawing you closer to your children, spouse or other family members. Strengthening work connections and team mates. Meeting strangers who become life long friends! And don't forget the mementos to relive the wonderful moments over and over either in your own mind or with that special person. Its like your own secret.
I know I am looking forward to making this a part of my business team and my relationship with my daughter. My husband and I already play this out and I know our relationship is stronger for it.
Have a great week!