We went on a family trip over the weekend. Headquartered at the Jackson Lake Lodge, we visited Yellowstone, the Grand Teton National Park, and ended our journey by driving over the Teton Pass and into Idaho, where I showed the kids the house I lived in during high school.
We saw so many animals on our trip. A grizzly in Yellowstone, loads of elk, two moose in the Grand Teton Park, a great horned owl, a bald eagle, and, of course, buffalo! Combine all of those animals with a backdrop of some of the most awesome (in the old-fashioned sense) scenery and it was truly a spectacular trip.
With all the beauty of the weekend bouncing around in my head, you probably won’t be surprised to find out that foremost on my mind today is “making beautiful memories.” And by that I mean making them; crafting them, helping your children, your spouse, and yourself focus on and remember the good parts of any experience.
I learned by example that you can just choose to recall the good. You don’t need to dwell on the difficult, or annoying, or irritating. You choose to talk about what you loved to see, and what your favorite parts of the trip were. You let the other things go unspoken. Because no matter where you go, or what you do, your family dynamics will follow you. You will all still act and react in the ways you do at home. And rather than feel let down because things didn’t change – or that they weren’t perfect – just focus on the good, talk about the good, and retell the good things so many times that they become the central part of your memories.
If you do this, you will make beautiful memories.
Thank you for dropping by!