Amy Rees Anderson

Never Assume..Let Them Know

Over this last few days my husband and I were able to go and visit his family up in Idaho where he is from for his family reunion. His family, like mine, is large and spread out to several states across the country so it becomes increasingly more difficult to get everyone together in one place at the same time. As difficult as it is to plan things, I was reminded how much it is worth doing as I sat watching my husband sitting around the piano at his parent’s home where he grew up, singing songs with his sisters and brothers and parents. Seeing how much it meant to my husband and the joy it brought to him to give his sisters a hug and to go four wheeling on the farm with his brother – well let’s just say that was the perfect reminder of why it’s so important to make time for the people we love and to make sure we let them know how much we love them.

“Often we assume that (the people around us) must know how much we love them. But we should never assume; we should let them know…We will never regret the kind words spoken or the affection shown. Rather, our regrets will come if such things are omitted from our relationships with those who mean the most to us.” – Thomas Monson

Life is busy, no doubt, and all of us have a million commitments to keep and responsibilities to carry, but I believe the words in the quote that state that we will never regret the affection shown to those we love. I don’t think we will ever regret the times we made it a priority to be at our family reunions, or make it to a family dinner, or an important life event of a family member, or a simple phone call to say we care, or even a little text to say “have a great day”. Sometimes it only takes a little bit of our time to share our love and affection, like the text or the phone call, and other times it may take committing several days out of your crazy schedule to spend it with those you love most. But on both fronts its worth it.

Have a great week everyone. And don’t forget to let people know how much you love them!

~Amy

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