The Best Thing About
…..is making them.
“We don’t remember days, we remember moments.” Cesare Pavese
I was driving in the car the other day with my two young daughters in the back seat. They were listening to the radio and singing along to one of the songs. All of a sudden my youngest stops and says, “I need to make memories so later in life I can remember how good my life was.” I instantly realized how profound this statement was. I knew this would be a blog topic!
How often do we get caught up in life and just function on autopilot? Do you spend most of your time thinking about what has to be done and maybe even feeling overwhelmed by all your responsibilities? I know I do sometimes. It really does require making a conscious choice to really live life and not just get swept up in life. With Mother’s Day fast approaching, I am reminded once again of how important small things are in our lives. These small things create moments that we remember forever.
Our lives are made up of a series of memories. You create those memories each and every day. What memories will you choose to create? What kind of life will you have to remember? Can you take some time out each day to create those memories? It doesn’t have to take much time. I still remember reading to my oldest daughter every night before she went to sleep. She is now grown but still remembers those times and the books we read together. Now we sneak in moments of watching TV in my bed at night whenever we can. It reminds us of those times when she was young and those good memories. I am carrying on this same tradition with my younger girls. Ending our day with some quality time together is important to us. What things can you do today and each day to create happy memories?
My grandmother had a notebook and she would write down things that made her smile or cute things I did or said as a child. This was her book of happy memories with me. She gave me this book when I was grown and I still have it. I can go back and read about all the wonderful times I had with a great lady. She is no longer with us in person, but her book of memories is. I wrote a blog recently called, What Our Children Really Need. One of the needs is quality time with us. This creates memories for us and our children but it also instills in them a sense of security and a knowing that they are important. They remember this for a lifetime, not just a moment.
Creating special moments with our children is very important but so is creating special moments with our partner, our friends, and ourselves. We neglect that last one sometimes. Remember that in order to be able to give to others, you need to take care of yourself.
What we focus on in life is what creates our experiences and the life we lead. I teach clients how to change their thoughts and beliefs so they can change their lives. My suggestion to you is to start making memories today that will help you remember what a great life you had. This is how you create a great life today!
Lori Ann Davis, MA, CRS