Thursday, June 19, 2014

Live and Love the Moments of your Life




I love this quote.  It reminds me "to make every moment count."  It is so easy to get caught up in everything we "have to do" and all of the demands that our busy world puts upon us.  Somewhere in all the noise, propelled by schedules and deadlines, I often find myself lost.  It is during these times that I try to remember what is truly important to me.

Stepping back and focusing on what's important is easier said than done.  The craziness of life can become a vicious circle, keeping us away from what matters most.  I am not saying stop doing everything that keeps you from those you love.  Lack of income does make it difficult to eat and have a roof over your head.  I am also not suggesting that you stop doing everything that is not worthy of memory (if us mamas did that, then no babies would ever get their diaper changed).

Instead, cherish what is important, attempt to quiet some of the noise, and spend time with those you love.  I have found that this not only allows precious memories to form, but also improves my mood and overall outlook on life.


Focusing on Precious Moments

I use pictures to help me focus on what is important.  These reminders of moments that are precious to me become the backdrop of my computer and phone.  My favorite images are not what many consider "momentous occasions."  However, a picture of my family eating dinner together, doing a craft, or taking a walk are my treasured times that inspire me.


Helping Children Value their Family Moments

I strive to teach my children that the time we spend together is what is truly important. During an era when many judge  worth by material possessions, I want my children to cherish the moments we spend together.

One way I show my children that the time we spend together is just as important (or more) than material possessions is through our "reward system."  My children earn points via chores, educational activities, and positive behavior. They use these points to "purchase" rewards.  In addition to material items, my children also have the option of "special moments."

One of my daughter's favorite "special moments" that she purchases with her points is "beauty salon/pedicure" time.  I set up an area for her feet to soak and have her favorite snack for her to enjoy during the experience.  While I paint her nails we talk and enjoy the time together, making memories that we both cherish.

These "purchased" experiences are not the only times that I spend with my children.  My husband and I work very hard to ensure that we spend as much quality time with our children as possible.  However, I use the special activity rewards to emphasize that the time we spend together is valuable.



Next time you feel overwhelmed and can't remember a beloved moment that took your breath away, create an opportunity to focus on the amazing, precious "gifts" that are in your life.


How do YOU focus on the Moments that take your breath away?


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6 comments:

  1. What a beautiful quote and a lovely post! My blog is all about making the most of every moment, so I am especially appreciative of how well you expressed that philosophy here!!

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    1. I greatly appreciate your comment. I enjoy writing about making the most of each moment we have. I feel it is what really matters and strive to share how I try to silence the noise. I love that your blog focuses on the same philosophy that I try to live. Thank you so much for reading my post on Ramblings of Mama!

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  2. this is some good advice, i like this. at times we take what we have and our lives for granted, and it just slips away and before we know it we regret letting those things we missed or didn't do, get by!!!! I try to live by this motto but its hard sometimes especially when things aren't going your way!!!

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    1. I agree! It can be so easy to loose track of what really matters to you. More times than I'd like to admit, I find myself getting overwhelmed by "stuff." And then I look at my phone and my latest favorite moment photo reminds me of what is important in my life. Thank you so much for commenting. I love hearing from our readers! Thank you for reading Ramblings of Mama and I hope that your week is full of memorable moments that take your breathe away!

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  3. thanks for posting this, I think its important to stress that yes this time that we spend together is important, more than items in a store or tv and so on... I love it when we have craft day and all my grandchildren (8 of them ) are with me, I often glance around at the table to see their smiles, It just takes me in, they know nana doesn't have much but the little time doing something like that with them is worth all the tears I cry wishing I had more..

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    1. You have brought a tear to my eye. I can almost see you at the table crafting with your 8 grandchildren. It reminds me of the cherished moments that I have had with my grandmother. She made everything seem special, just because of the value that she put on our time together. I never noticed that she didn't have much financially, but the time we had together was priceless. Thank you for sharing. You have helped me remember some wonderful memories today. Also, thank you for reading Ramblings of Mama. Please let me know if you ever have odd items around the house that you would like craft ideas for. I love crafting with my children. Many of our crafts are made out recyclable items and inexpensive things around the house. You wouldn't believe the amount of crafts we have made out of toilet paper tubes and plastic food containers. Wishing you many more precious moments that take your breathe away!

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