Every moment matters. I heard someone say that the other day but I can’t remember who. But all of the little moments matter. Those little things are the ones you will remember. The ones you will laugh over with your family in years to come.
I was lucky enough to have many of these little moments with my grandmother. She’s Mama Jean if you don’t know that already. She really knows how to enjoy all of the moments of her life. She’s always generous and willing to share her time and knowledge with others. Now that I think about it I really come from a very generous family. I’m not sure how I ended up with a scarcity mindset but that’s a story for another time.
I associate memories with pictures and smells. Does anyone else remember that way?
I remember winning a bottle of perfume at a bingo game with Mama Jean. I remember her buying me my first bottle of hand cream. It was rose scented. I remember getting my first real piece of jewelry. It was a ruby ring from Mama Jean. I was six.
I remember the taste and scent of hot fresh Krispy Kreme donuts that my dad would pick up on the way home from work at 2 am. My parents would wake us up in the middle of the night for hot melty donuts. Isn’t that awesome? I remember coffee perking in the percolator on the yellow counter in the kitchen. I remember putting two spoons of sugar in my dad’s coffee out of a brown striped ceramic sugar bowl with a lid.
I remember stopping for a coke and a candy bar at the convenience store on the way to the mall with my Mom. After shopping we would get a filet-o-fish from McDonald’s. That was before value meals.
I remember buying my favorite shoes in high school while visiting my Aunt Dawn in Arkansas. It was at a new store called Wal-Mart.
These memories make up the patchwork of my childhood. A childhood where I was lucky enough to live every moment and where every moment mattered.
How can I make sure I live every moment?
- Slow down and recognize the little moments for the bits of joy they are. Walk in the garden and enjoy the flowers. Enjoy the newborn smell of the baby animals.
- Take the time to have a conversation with people to find out how they are doing. As an introvert this is hard for me.
- Get out and see the sites and enjoy events. Very often I see an announcement and think, “that would be fun,” but I never do anything about it. I don’t make plans. I don’t pencil it in. And the opportunity passes.
I think we forget to enjoy our moments. We are so busy just trying to make it through the day. Trying to survive until bedtime most nights. Some days I just want to be over. I don’t take the time to enjoy my moments. The good and the bad.
You should enjoy all the moments. You should enjoy your life. Don’t be so busy wondering and worrying over the future that you forget to live NOW. Time is short. These moments will soon pass. Enjoy them while you can.