Making Memorable Moments in 2014

by Paula Wagnon on December 31, 2013

As one year comes to a close and the promise of the New Year is just on the horizon, it is often customary for us to take a few moments of quiet time to just think.  Think of moments and happenings of the past year, moments spent with loved ones, moments of decisions, unique or defining moments in our lives that will never pass our way again, but will stay in our hearts forever. As we consider moments of the past year, we often project hopes of how we might be able to improve the moments in the coming year; how we may make the next year even more memorable than the passing one.

As we turn the clock and say goodbye to 2013 and hello to 2014, let’s take a look at some suggestions that might help to create more memorable moments in the coming year.

1.  Give someone a smile

 Smiles are free. It takes little effort to smile, & there is absolutely no pain involved.  Make an extra effort to smile at everyone you see in the coming year….you never know just how bad someone you meet may need a smile at that very moment.

2.  Send a card to someone  

 Everyone enjoys knowing they are thought of in a special way, and how wonderful it is to receive something pleasant in the mail for no special occasion.  Something that says “You are on my mind and in my heart”.  In this modern world of technology where e-mails and text messages are all the rage, sometimes an old fashioned through the mail thinking of you card means the world to someone.

3.  Make a phone call

Many people who do not have large families or are unable to get out in the cold weather get very lonely during the long winter months.  How wonderful it would be for them to hear the voice of someone who cared enough to take the time to call.

4.  Send flowers

   Short days and long nights of the winter months can sometimes be depressing even to those who are able to get out.  From those who work hard at their respective occupations away from home, to the stay at home mom who works hard at her very important job of taking care of her family and home, fresh flowers can brighten the day and lift the spirits of those who receive them.

5.  Visit a nursing home resident

If you are able to take 30 minutes out of a busy schedule to drop by your local nursing home it would probably make a world of difference to an elderly person.  Better yet, drop by your local florist first and grab a small bouquet of flowers to take along with you.  You’re sure to cause a smile and a feeling of warmth and caring as a result.

6.  Buy a stranger lunch

Most of us enjoy eating out from time to time.  Consider how nice it would be if when you went to pay the bill it was already paid!  At some point in the coming year maybe things would work out so that you could make this a reality for someone else.

7.  Give a “Lonely Bouquet”      

Have you ever heard of the International Lonely Bouquet Day? The idea is to pick (or purchase) flowers, arrange them in a small recycled jar or vase, place a card on it that says “take me” and leave it in a public area for someone, anyone, to take home.  While this concept is on a single day in early summer, it is a wonderful idea that could be done  at ANY day or time of the year which you might feel inspired to give a little cheer.

In a time when everything seems to be moving at break-neck speed, it is nice to take a moment to remember  that the time we have is a gift. Each and every moment  is given to us brand new, to use in the way we see fit. Wouldn’t it be amazing if, in this brand new year of 2014 with all of the new moments it will bring, more people would spend their time helping others to have more special moments to remember?

{ 1 comment }

Alan Covich July 10, 2014 at 11:51 am

Hello Paula

Thanks for the beautiful arrangement. I found it on the porch and guess I just missed you.

Let me know about torch ginger cut flowers if you can find them!

Best regards,
Alan

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