I am connected to a fun group of counselors from across the US and Canada. I was recently discussing things that are now obsolete in this decade. Items such as the yellow pages, encyclopedia, landlines, wires, film cameras, the time lady, 35 mm film, and floppy drives have been replaced by newer and better versions or technology. There was some grief over the time lady, but I believe this was pure nostalgia.
It got me thinking of things that are timeless and I hope last forever. Here are some of my favorite concepts that came from our dialogue. Love, feelings, exercise, chocolate, random acts of kindness, friends, connectedness, faith or belief in someone/something, hope, toilets and toilet paper were listed to remind us that humor is important.
My hope for you in this new decade is to focus on some of these timeless behaviors if they are missing in your life. Incorporate love, get in touch with the feelings you have kept hidden, exercise, do and teach your children random acts of kindness. Teach your family about friendship and connectedness. Have faith in each other and hope that there is a better future for your family. Lastly, laugh at yourself and with each other.
May this new decade be meaningful and full of growth for you and your family.