Saturday, January 18, 2014

200 Words: It’s the Small Rituals

By Mona Sabalones Gonzalez

At the end of the day, people will most remember the small rituals.

Not the trips abroad, expensive shopping and plush restaurants. Remember the billionaire husband who berated his beautiful, famous wife to tears in a fancy restaurant? Didn’t Princess Diana die in a Mercedes Benz beside the son of a billionaire? These are not rituals.

Small rituals make you feel loved, content, and like you truly belong where you are. For example, just now my husband gave me my favorite mug of root beer. He does that most nights, and I always feel glad that he remembered.

We have a few expensive things that are stored for safety. No sight, no feeling. But the mug of root beer ritual gives me a feeling of happiness, and it stays long after. 

When the kids and a parent gang up and lovingly tease the other parent -- that’s a ritual. When the daughter returns after a long absence and shares your TV (even if she has her own), that’s a ritual. It reminds you that she’s home. 

Things like these are what you will remember until the end of your days.


bbes tribe said...

I liked this post about rituals. They do leave us with good memories.
Thanks for sharing.
Barb for Ernie and the crew

Ramona S. Gonzalez said...

Thank you barb, ernie and the crew. It's nice to know that no matter where we are, people appreciate the same types of rituals that really matter.