Saturday, March 12, 2011

Staying Connected with Your Family Even When You're Apart

Today's post is a really quick one. But I think it makes a powerful point. This past week was more hectic than I could tell you. It really was. On Friday afternoon I had to go home early because I just think exhaustion got the better of me. Rest, rest and more rest is what I needed more than anything.

Anyway, one thing that keep me going is that whenever I get voicemails from either of my parents, or my wife or daughter, I never delete them. It takes 45 messages to fill up my voicemail anyway. These messages get deleted automatically after 60 days so I just think it's good to have the voices of those who mean the most to me available 24/7/365.

When I'm exhausted or having a bad day - yes, the Upbeat Dad has bad days - I just call my voicemail and hear a warm, friendly greeting from my wife or daughter or my parents. My son is only 7 months so he's not leaving me messages just yet. But I can't tell you the "picker upper" that it is for me to hear those voices.

Another thing that I do is take pictures and videos of my wife and kids with my cell phone. That way, they're always with me. I can see my son trying to creep. I can see the family just doing its thing. My daughter's a talker like her dad. My wife is so lovingly tender as she cares for our son and brings him along. We have a really good thing going and it's great to capture those moments.

What am I saying in this? I encourage you to do those little things that remind you who is most important to you. For me, my reminders are voicemails, pictures and videos. For you, perhaps it's the same. Or maybe it's pictures of your family on your desk at the office. Whatever it may be, it's so important to keep our families at the forefront of our thoughts and minds.

Life is really beautiful and when you can celebrate it with the ones you love and who love you, there's never any distance even though you may be physically apart at different times.

I hope this has encouraged you to do something special to keep your loved ones in your minds at all times. We only live once so let's shower our loved ones with love and let them know they mean the world to us.

Enjoy your day.

The Upbeat Dad



  1. Rodrick you are on point. I too enjoy listening to saved voice mails from my family. My grand daughter's voice mails are priceless. She is six years old but her messages are such a pick-me-upper. When I get tired and feel worn out, I just listen to her messages and feel energized.

    Family is special, and we should always remember to cherish the people in her life, and love them unconditionally. Find a way to stay connected. It will make a huge difference in your life.

  2. It's so important to keep your family close! For me, my family is not only support for me, but just a warm, welcoming place to retreat to when I need to unwind. It's also so important for the kids - they love our family and we visit them often for some extra love (and stability!) in their lives.