Today I learned it's important to not do too much. I tried to squeeze in too many activities with family. Even though I thought I could do everything I planned, I quickly found out it wasn't going to work out.
On most days I know not to overload my schedule, but when it comes to family I try to do everything possible. It just didn't work out this time. The important thing is to not let guilt wear you down if this ever happens to you. I used to do this, but now I do a better job of letting the guilt go. I figure out a different day when I can spend more quality time with loved ones rather than having to race off from one event to the next.
Unfortunately, today I missed celebrating my great nephew Ryan's 2nd birthday. But then again, we missed our own daughter's 2nd birthday. She's now 24, and she doesn't seem scarred by our absence. It just meant we got to celebrate more when we came back from the trip that caused us to miss her day. She didn't remember us being gone for it, and neither will Ryan.
Besides, I'm selfish. When we do get to see him, we will get to spend extra time with him. And the quality time is what I'm really looking forward to, rather than the quick short burst of superficial time today would have provided.
So, quit planning too much and take the opportunity to enjoy time with the important people in your life.
I'm a lover of life, an eternal optimist, and I have an intense desire to add value through simple living and positive vibes.