When my friends and family want to spend time with me, I clear my schedule to make room for our relationship. I place my family connections above everything else in my life because they are the strength of my life.

My loved ones trust me to be present when they need me. For my family, I am only a phone call away. I attend special events in my loved ones’ lives because I enjoy celebrating with them.

When my loved ones request my presence at a dinner or any other type of event, I do whatever I can to be there. If someone thinks enough of me to invite me to spend time with them, they are worth clearing my schedule.

Because I love my friends and family, I move my schedule around and free myself up for them. I avoid allowing tragedy and misfortune to be the only times when I make my family a priority.

I enjoy spending time with my loved ones because of the sheer pleasure of being in their presence. Any reason is a good reason to get together with my friends and family. Sometimes, we get together for no reason at all.

On weekends, evenings and days off, I make it a point to spend time alone in relaxation, and then engage with those I love. Instead of coming up with excuses as to why I cannot meet a loved one, I make up reasons to drop everything and go to them.

Today, I choose to accept invitations from my loved ones. I set aside time for an overdue lunch with a friend and designate half an hour of my evening to call a loved one.

Self-Reflection Questions:

  1. Why should I be available to my friends and family?
  2. How does my family feel when I am present in their lives?
  3. Who do I need to call and invite to an overdue lunch?