We are all familiar with the commercial advertisements for celebrating days to show our appreciation for the people in our lives, whether it may be Valentines, Fathers or Mother’s Day.

Personally, I gave up on Christmas, Easter, Valentines cards as it just seemed to me, a waste of money. 

I am, in no way, rubbishing the amazing designers of some cards.

I calculated the cost of money that I would spend on a card it could go towards the gift. The card ends up in the wastepaper basket, so I tell the person what I feel about them verbally.

Having an attitude like mine could put people out of business. The only cards I buy are wedding, sympathy cards and children’s birthdays and special milestones. 

Many occasions have lost their meaning…

Valentine’s day was about having a secret admirer sending you a card. Now it’s celebrated by people expecting expensive presents to prove their love to someone else. Money can’t buy love.

I used to buy Christmas cards for friends and just fill them out without any real meaning. It just became a chore. No more Christmas cards.

Today I do not buy any cards unless it is a wedding, anniversaries, sympathy, christening, or milestones of ages reached.

For every day  that goes by we should show that we  appreciate our family and friends and stop taking them for granted.

I never needed that ‘wake up call’ to remind me to appreciate my Father as he was never far from my mind. He could be confident that I loved him as I worshipped the ground he walked on.

In life you sometimes find that people do not even take an interest in their parent’s welfare once they have left home. The only time they speak to them is when they are in need.

I know people who have that kind of relationship with their children and siblings, they assume that everything is okay.

There is a saying that ‘we only ever meet at funerals’ that is so true amongst close families and friends.

It is understandable that life is very busy, and we do not have the time to check on everyone we know. I am as guilty as the next person, but there are 365 days in a calendar year to reach out to your close family members.

Today I have a balanced relationship with my family and close friends. I am there to listen and encourage them to focus on their aspirations and goals and will always be there to applaud them on their success.

I appreciate everyone that I have had the pleasure to meet on my journey whether good or bad as they all have given me an experience to extend my learning.

Let’s not wait for a commercial occasion to show our appreciation for others.



We live busy lives in a selfish world with a lot of competitive and egoistic people.

Balance is the key in everything you do.

In everything there must be a balance.

Natalie Bleau

The Scripture of Balance

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