In the midst of chaos, take time

Take time to hang out with your friends and appreciate the time you spend with them.
Mod-mates Hannah Hostetter, Danielle Rhoades, and Alaina Beatty take time to catch up after a long week. Photo by Meredith Spicher

by Meredith Spicher – Horizon Opinion Editor

Sometimes, life gets out of control. Between writing papers, cramming for that 8 a.m. exam, and shoving your mouth full of Druber’s donuts, it’s hard to see the things that are right in front of you. I mean RIGHT in front of you.

Hey, we’re all guilty of it. It’s probably the easiest thing in the world to just glance over a minuscule detail in your life; however, when that minuscule detail gets taken away, things start to tumble.

 Think about your friends, even your classmates. We see or talk to them so often that we forget to even appreciate the major role they play within our lives. What about your family? Now that we’re away from home, it’s easy to skip that phone call with mom and cram for that exam, but as humans, we’re needy. We need some sort of relationship in our lives, or else what are we left with?

Think of a house. Now imagine that house in the midst of a massive Kansas tornado. Now imagine that house with no nails, no screws, nothing to hold it together. How long do you think it’ll last through that tornado? It won’t. Similarly, we need support to hold us together when things get rough.

The Dalai Lama once said, “I have always had this view about the modern education system: we pay attention to the brain development, but the development of the warmheartedness we take for granted.”

Make time for the people that matter to you. Go to The Nest with your friends when they ask you to. Plan a Skype date with your mom, you know how much she misses you. Don’t just go through life without seeing what’s staring at you straight in the face.

Put your phone down. Look up. Start noticing. What do you see?

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