Relationships are a big part of what life is about.* At least I think so. While this has been on my mind for over a week, I did not blog about it, but then my friend, Erin, posted this quote on Facebook, and I felt compelled.
"Busyness rapes relationships. It substitutes shallow frenzy for deep friendship. It promises satisfying dreams, but delivers hollow nightmares. It feeds the ego, but starves the inner man. It fills the calendar, but fractures the family. It cultivates a program, but plows under priorities." -Charles Swindoll
For the most part, I am a minimalist. Sure, I like certain "things," but overall, I would rather spend time with my family and friends than own a bunch of stuff. I enjoy developing friendships and keeping them, and truth be told, I am fiercely loyal to my friends.
At the same time, I am guilty. I often times am running around caring for The Boy, working, trying to keep the household running that I go days or weeks without calling some of the people I care most about. One could argue that those people also did not call or visit me, but truth be told, why does that matter? Why am I allowing busyness to come between relationships? I wish I had an answer. What I do know is that I am going to continue to work on putting people first. After all, what better way than to show that people are important--To act instead of simply talk about it?
What about you? Do you push people aside to accomplish "stuff"? What do you value more? Do your actions speak louder than words?
*Relationships and love go together like bees and honey. :)