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Mark Angelo Askew is the author of "Fimark's Family Reunion Planner Guide Workbook and Keepsake" and the founder and director of the Family Reunion Planning Group that established November as Annual Family Reunion Planning Month.

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Life Is Short - Celebrate The Lives of Those True To You

In a world ravaged by fake news, scandals and epidemic disappointments, 
there are only five things you can really count on
 to lift your spirits and provide enjoyment in life.

1. A rock solid faith in ageless guiding principles.
2. The sources of those principles.
3. True love from family and true friends.
4. A vivid hope for better days to come.
5. The gift to express love and gratitude to those who have been true to you.

Life is short and there is no easy street. True friends and strong family ties are hard to come by.  It's important to do what we can to preserve those precious relationships we have. But preserving and surviving is not living. To live you must celebrate your bounty. That said, this year make it your aim to live in the moment by spending time planning creative ways to express your love for those who are special and true in your life.  How?

1. Get to know your family members and friends on a higher or deeper level. Spend more time listening and asking questions to get a clearer understanding of their hopes, dreams, principles, and interests.

2. Show them that you heard them. Show them that you were really listening by writing a brief letter expressing your appreciation for sharing.  Add it to a card and put a small token in the card that is reminiscent of the time you shared listening.

3. Followup by being more inclusive.  Include their thoughts, expressions, and interests in your everyday conversation and routine with them.

4. Share your hopes and dreams. Nothing says I love you more than fulfilling hopes and dreams shared over time together. And what better way to celebrate those hopes and dreams than at a family gathering, get-to-together or family reunion. It's a great time for creative expressions of endearment and affection, empowerment, gift giving, motivation and inspiration, creative poetry recital, family slideshows, achievement awards, lots of hugs and self-esteem building.

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