Happy New Year to you all. I hope you enjoy God's blessings this year in Jesus Christ name! Amen!
I had a chat with my friend some minutes ago. She lives in France and is currently taking some days our of her free week to clear her mind and head somewhere in the south-east of France, in a town called Lyon. I think everyone needs that kind of opportunity every now and again to get new perspective, breathe and just recuperate.
She sent some beautiful pictures of the sites in Lyon.
|Basilica of Fourviere|
|Tribunal of Lyon|
|Saint Jean's Cathedral|
Aren't these pictures just beautiful?
Take pictures as often as you can. There is a lot of beauty around us.
While we were chatting she mentioned that one of her friends she had known for a long time had made a routine of having a meet up with her (and perhaps other friends) every two months.
In that moment I got excited and thought to ask a few friends if they would like that kind of arrangement. But then I also wondered 'hope it won't sound too routine-like, boring, structural? I do not know if people generally like routines or if people just like to go with the flow. (Different strokes for different folks I reckon).
...But then again I don't think routines are such a bad thing. I think it's nice if you can meet up with friends every so often. In fact as you get older you would probably need it as a 'routine' so you can plan time from your busy schedule. You probably often hear people say that couples should have date nights fixed (once a week or month) to keep up communication and keep alive the romance.
Let's not get so caught up in the rat race that we forget to affect the lives of the people we love. Often to affect the life of someone is to know their needs, to know their needs is to talk to them and perhaps do so often (or routinely).
Doing so in a relaxing environment may make it much more fun and make it easier for people to be themselves, open up, be vulnerable and let you know them.
For friends too far to meet, good thing we have social media. Maybe video call your other friends Into the meet up? But I say there's something to face to face contact. Somethings are better conversed that way and some connections are better made that way.
What's your thought on having routine meet up with friends or routine dates with your spouse?
Your meet up does not have to be grand. It can be in your sitting room or friend's house or the restaurant not too far from your house and of course it can be grand, you can decide to go to Lyon, in the South-East of France or anywhere else.
I hope we get into some fun routine and meet ups this year that dles much good for our souls.
Faith. A. A.