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2021 Nov

Life's Short

What one thing makes you happy?

What one thing makes you happy? I don’t mean living, breathing beings like your family, friends, or favorite furbaby. I mean a thing: an inanimate, unthinking, independent thing. Think hard. What could you not live without?

You might answer, “Duh, we need food, a house, a car.” But let’s leave those things out of the equation for now. What else? Some would say a phone, maybe, or a computer, something that keeps them connected.

I would respond, “To what?” If it’s news you’re connecting to, how necessary is that? If it’s people you’re connecting with, I would suggest you get together with your peeps in person. Virtual reality simply does not replace a warm embrace, a pat on the back, or a helping hand.

So what’s left? Of course we all have sentimental things we love and keep like sacred artifacts, but do you need them to be happy? No, I don’t think so. If you lost them in a fire or a flood, would your happiness decrease? You’d mourn your things for a while, but in any catastrophe what matters most is the living, breathing beings who surround you and help you get through the tough times.

With the holidays approaching, people are shopping for a lot of things. I challenge you to seek out ways to grow closer as a family or a couple. Plan excursions, go to holidays plays, enjoy being together. Things don’t really matter, people do. Make sure you let your peeps know you love and care about them. Show them by doing little favors: taking out the trash without being asked, buying fresh flowers, planning a date night.

Life’s short, as I often say. Make each moment count. Be thankful for the amazing life you are living. Happy Thanksgiving to all our readers and advertisers. Thanks for being part of the family!

Peggy Sijswerda

Peggy Sijswerda is the editor and publisher of Tidewater Family Plus magazine. She has an MFA in creative nonfiction from Old Dominion University and is the author of Still Life with Sierra, a travel memoir. Peggy also freelances for a variety of regional, national, and international magazines.

Website: www.peggysijswerda.com

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