Thursday, January 7, 2016

Giving Your Time

I'm sure all of you have heard of the new Star Wars movie that was recently released. I personally am not a huge Star Wars fan, it's just not my cup of tea, but for Christmas I got a movie theater gift card for my Dad so that we could go and see the movie together and have some movie snacks as well. After getting the gift card on Christmas Day, my dad was really excited for us to go together and see it, and he looked at all of the different show times to pick the perfect one where we'd be able to get the best seat.

When the day came, we both excitedly got in the car, talking about what we had heard about the quality of the movie, and then waited in line to get our tickets. After waiting in line for the snacks, and getting freshly popped popcorn with extra butter on it, we went into the theater to find some seats. We got the seats right in the middle of the row that was at the ultimate viewing angle! It was absolutely perfect! We sat took our coats off, sat down, and started talking more excitedly while eating popcorn.

Unfortunately, we ate about half of the popcorn before the movie even started. To make things worse, part way through the movie I got really motion sick and had to leave the theater to breathe and feel better. I was gone for about 10 minutes when I started to feel bad about having gotten motion sick and needing to leave my Dad in the theater. I talked to my mom and my boyfriend who both told me that it didn't matter that it was hard for me to watch the movie, it mattered that I was willing to and that I was willing to see a movie I wasn't as interested in because my Dad wanted to see it.

"Go back in and just keep your eyes closed. You're together, that's the important part."

I've found that, in many situations, being willing to give your time to someone to really have a conversation, or to do something that they enjoy, or to help them in some way is the best way to show them how much they mean to you. There's lots of different ways to give your time, including going to see a movie like I did with my Dad. You could take the time to call them or video call so that they can see you. You could bring flowers, or help someone pull weeds in their garden. You could write a heartfelt letter or card. You could simply sit with them and let them talk to you! It's easy, and it's oh so very worth it.

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