Over the last decade or so ‘life’ seems to have gotten busier and more rushed.

People are over-extended and over-committed, and trying to meet multiple deadlines and address often conflicting priorities. Travel is easier and more affordable. Leisure time options are more plentiful. For many reasons most of us are on-the-go – doing, doing, doing!

And children all over the world seem to be over-stimulated and over-scheduled. There is hardly any time to day-dream or lay in the grass and watch the clouds move overhead anymore!

That’s why it is more important than ever to carve out precious moments to “do the little things” for the people who mean a lot to us and to let them know how much they matter.

Beyond cards, flowers, expensive jewels and surprise trips to exotic places, there are so many tiny ways we can say, “I love you,” “I am so glad you are in my life,” “I am so much richer because I am here with you.”

By all means remember birthdays and anniversaries. Try sending a card just because

Ask your kids to make a wish and then, grant it!

Plan a special day or a few special hours…

Take your Sweetie to a movie, concert or a walk on the beach at sunset. You make the plans and voilà! A fabulous surprise!

If your Honey usually walks the dog offer to join him or her, or walk the dog instead for a few days.

How about a taking the kids to a movie, letting him or her have a few hours alone, then planning to rendezvous and meet for ice cream or dinner altogether?

You get the idea. You know your lifestyle and your budget. Some of these things don’t take much money but they all take time, imagination and attention to details.

The people who love you are worth your time and attention.

Spend some time today and make a few notes of the tiny things you can do and say that will convey that all-important message to your Honey, children, family, friends, neighbors and co-workers.

If you can’t think of anything, ask them! They are the experts on what is meaningful to them. Check it out with the people you care about.

Remember, only YOU can make it happen!

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