Too often I’m focused on the wrong stuff. Too often I miss what’s most important. It’s easy to get distracted. We are surrounded by powerful messages—gotta do this, gotta have that, gotta wear this, gotta achieve that.

Words of loving kindness don’t connect to a new blouse, cutie pie shoes, or gray pin-striped suits. They connect us to the moments we get to share with each other on Friday mornings, during Wednesday playdates, when a son shares childhood treasures with his own son.