It was Friday night and my son called. “Mom, do you have the skewers to roast marshmallows”?
Let me tell you about my family and one of our family traditions. My son, in his thirties, married and 3 children, remembers when he and his sister were in elementary and middle school, we would roast marshmallows in the fireplace. We had special skewers we used for our roasting. My son wanted to use these with his family for their first marshmallow roast in their new home.
Back to the request! In the kitchen, in the barbeque spot, were the roasting skewers. He came, took the skewers to their new home, and their family continued our family tradition.
What is most important to me is creating and preserving family traditions. Whether it is sitting down to a family meal together, or having cream puffs every Christmas, this is my priority. Having the “stuff” that connects to the meaning of these traditions makes it easy for me to make decisions on what to keep.
I recently decluttered in the kitchen. Letting go of the skewers never came to mind. I did bless others with a soup tureen (wedding gift, never used in 27 years), coffee cups (from my mom, but seldom used), bread baskets (we already have plenty) and extra utensils not used. The skewers are in a seldom used spot, but one I could easily access.
Always, I want to encourage you to prioritize what matters most to you. It is vital to how you live your best life, making good decisions about what is around you and how you use your time. Begin by reflecting and creating awareness, then write down your priorities to have clarity throughout the year. Take baby steps to stay on track with this priority whether by letting go and blessing others with things that are not used, or clarifying your commitments.
What are your priorities? What are your really important family moments?