Friday, August 9, 2013

Are Your Memories Better than the Moment?

Have you ever had a time when you look back on a situation and the memories seem so sweet, almost better that when you were actually in the moment? For instance, vacations where you look back at the photos and you just cherish the memories and you long to be back in that moment? You would give anything to have that feeling of lying on the beach or hiking to the top of the mountain and seeing that amazing view.

I was feeling that way today as I was looking back on the summer. The kids start school on Monday, so today was the last "official" weekday of summer to let them sleep in, and hang out with friends, and go to the pool.

There have been those moments this summer when the girls were getting on each other's nerves and fighting, or they were bored, or I was feeling frazzled trying to juggle work projects and keep the girls happy.  Yet now that the summer is coming to an end and it passed by so quickly, it feels like we've had the most relaxing, enjoyable summer. We didn't "do" a lot of things, we just really kicked back and relaxed. We've been together and it's been really nice.

Yet I couldn't "shake" this feeling that maybe I didn't enjoy it as much "in the moment" as I should have. These days it's really easy to get wrapped up in our devices between the iPads and iPhones and TV's and games. Or to get wrapped up in the daily "have-to's" and miss the best special moments of the day.

I thought about this idea a lot today and realized that I need to focus on being more focused on the "present moment". Less multi-tasking and more focus, listening, and enjoyment of the moment! What about you? Are you cherishing every moment while you're in the moment or are you looking back fondly on memories of good times and wishing you had a chance for a "repeat"?

"And in the end, it's not the years in your life that count it's the life in your years." ~ Abraham Lincoln

Love and Prayers,

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