15 More Minutes

What would you do for 15 more minutes with someone? 15 minutes doesn’t seem like a lot, but it really is when it’s with someone you care about and truly miss. 15 minutes is enough time to tell them how you feel, to hold their hand, to hug them, or just look at them.

I would do anything to get 15 minutes with people I’ve lost. However, since I can’t, I want to focus on the people I can spend time with today.

It only takes a moment to ask someone how their day was, to check on a friend, to brighten someone’s day. My days are crazy busy, usually stressful, but always filled with grace and kindness. We all have 15 minutes in our day that we can spend showing the people we love just how much. I reach out to the people I care about. I send funny texts. I send them songs (shocking I know). I want to know my people are doing well. I want to know if I can make their day better. But it’s not just that, my people make my days better.

Time is precious. It’s a gift. It’s something you don’t get back. It’s truly valuable. Yet we all waste it. We let life get in the way. Work, kids, obligations… they all get in the way. Long are days gone where you went to someone’s home to visit. Unless it’s a holiday, you may not feel like you need to show up. For me, my best days are spent with family or friends at my home or theirs. Don’t get me wrong, it’s great to go out. I love to go out in fact. However, I feel the best times are cooking for people, sitting around the table or on the back porch with a cup of coffee or a glass of wine visiting. Those are the best times. Those times I get to listen to what is on their minds, talk about our days, our troubles, or our goals, or laugh so hard our cheeks hurt. That is the best gift you can give me. However, I will need more than 15 minutes. I’m greedy that way.

xoxo, Jane Anne

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