This Motivation Monday I come to you with the simple advice to ENJOY THE LITTLE MOMENTS.
A little over two years ago, we moved to a different house for a couple of reasons.
- We had outgrown the starter home that we moved into when we first married.
- We wanted a place more off the main road, away from the busy highway. The traffic scared us since we had small children.
Each time we drive by our previous house, I find myself saying the same thing–we had so many good memories in that house, and I didn’t even realize it at the time. My wife, Leah, always makes a good point that we are also making memories in our new home, and we need to pay attention as those memories unfold daily.
Life Sometimes Blinds Us
Adulting is hard. Simple as that. Many days are just survival mode at best. Factor in kids and it adds another ripple of responsibility. Work life leaves us running on fumes. Mix in after school activities, homework, supper, baths. WOW! Our tanks are completely empty.
One day I had come to a point where I felt as if I had “too many irons in the fire” and the more I tried the harder things seemed. I had goals and ideas I wanted to accomplish, but it just seemed like there was not enough of me to go around. I exclaimed WHY IS LIFE SO HARD?!? Leah quickly responded with something that is so true…
“No one ever said it would be easy, but it is all worth it.”
Leah has always kept me focused at times when I become negative or just want to quit. No one ever said it would be easy, but it is all worth it! Yes!
So many times we get caught up in trivial things. Today I share with you a story and one of those Aha! moments that puts things into full perspective.
It had been a long week. My wife and I are both school teachers, and the day had been exhausting. We also have three daughters. Dori is 9. Holly is 5, and Kylea is 2. With us going to work and the kids going to school and daycare, dirty clothes accumulate more than we like for them to. People have died on Mount Everest, and Leah was pretty certain that this week, with a mountain of clothes about the same size, her life might be claimed as well. Leah’s goal for the weekend was to strictly focus on laundry.
As she folded load of laundry after load of laundry, there was a little voice in the living room floor that made Leah hesitate as she was folding yet another pair of jeans. Below I share with you Leah’s account of it, as she shared it on Facebook…
“Last night when we got home I immediately started working on the laundry.
While Kylea’s sisters were downstairs watching a movie with Daddy, she asked me to ‘play bocks.’
I got the blocks out, and as we were going over to play, I grabbed some clothes out of the dryer that I was going to fold as she was building. As a working mom of 3, I am always double tasking.
‘No mommy, don’t fold the clothes. Play bocks.’
This my friends stopped me in my tracks. Those clothes folded just fine this morning.”
Here is the video of that special moment that we captured.
Are our priorities truly in the order they should be? I certainly know at times I get mine mixed up. The scary thing is that if we are not careful the little things that truly matter will have passed us by and we will be saying to ourselves…
Man, we had so many good memories. I just didn’t realize it at the time.
I leave you with this poem that is thought provoking when thinking about this topic. Simple, yet so true…
Dust we are and to dust we shall return. What we decide to do with our time in between makes all the difference in the world.