Pondering Relationships

While I was taking the ornaments down from my Christmas tree last week, I started thinking about how much easier it is to take it all apart than to put it all together.  I just methodically take the decorations from the tree, drop the hook in the box, and place the ornaments in their piles.  Nothing to it.

But it’s a very different story when the tree is being decorated.  Each little treasure needs to be placed in the perfect spot.  Can’t be too close to one that’s similar, unless of course it would look best with a little partner.  Big ones can’t be too near the top, breakable ones can’t be too near the bottom.  Oh, the effort that goes into making everything just right.  Not to mention untangling those hooks to begin with.

Relationships are that way.  When they’re being built, special care goes into saying just the right thing.  We want everything to be nice.  We go the extra mile, and think about what we’re doing.

Tearing relationships apart doesn’t take effort.    Stick people into a category, let the hooks get tangled, plan on dealing with it next year when we’ve got fresh energy.

I hope I’m a decorator this year, and not on the wrecking crew.


6 Responses to “Pondering Relationships”

  1. Lawanda Calton says:

    The comparison to life is so clear ! Thanks for giving me another moment to ponder things!

  2. Sandy says:

    Thank you. It was all very vivid to me while I was putting those ornaments into their piles. How easy it is to categorize people, then move on…

  3. Cheryl says:

    As always, what a meaningful example. Thanks for helping me think about another goal for life…not being on that wrecking crew.:)

  4. Robin Green says:

    Such a good word picture, Sandy. And just as an aside, those hooks cost about 99 cents for a couple hundred…. this year I threw a bunch away and bought more because the tangle was so horrid. (Don’t give that any meaning when it comes to throwing away people!) If you have an extra dollar next year, give it a try.

  5. Sandy says:

    Ha ha ha! What grand advice. But I just don’t know if I can toss out that box of hooks! The ‘ol “penny saved is a penny earned” haunts me! I’ll see if I can bring myself to do it next year!

    And Cheryl, thank you for your nice words!

  6. Liz Self says:

    Good morning Sandy! I was greatful to make time to enjoy your thoughts here. You are so right about the care given to relationships, being similar to the ornaments on our tree. I wanted to take this opportunity to express my joy each year that I put up mine because the favorite ones are those made by our dear friends, you and Gary. Each time I decorate the tree, I am reminded of a beautiful friendship that grows sweeter with time! Looking forward to visiting with you when we can! Love you, Liz

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