“You can’t turn back time, so remember to live and love in the moment, before the moment is gone.” – Cece Fortune
One of the mistakes I regret most from my life, and unfortunately it’s a mistake I continue to make even today, is the mistake of not living in the moment enough. As I have been pulling together growing up photographs of my son to use in his upcoming wedding video I look at each photo and think to myself how I wish I would have absorbed each moment in the photograph to the fullest at the time it was taken rather than always being in such a hurry to get a bunch of things done all the time. I wish I had really soaked in every moment and treasured all the little details that made up each photo of us laughing or playing or making silly faces. I wish I had not worried so much about the house being perfect or every project being finished right away. Far too often I made everything feel like an emergency I needed to handle right away or the world would come crashing down, when in reality not all of it was really an emergency at all…often times the only emergency or disaster that was really going to happen was happening only in my own head and it never really came to pass the way I had feared it might.
“The reason people find it so hard to be happy is that they always see
the past better than it was,
the present worse than it is,
and the future less resolved than it will be.”
I love that quote because it really is true. Things are better right now than we typically admit to ourselves. And the future usually goes much better than we ever believe it will.
This is an area of my life I still need to work really hard on. I tend to live in the go-go-go mode and far too often I end up missing the beauty of the doing because I am too caught up in getting it done. I want to do better on this. I really do. I think I will hang this sign on my mirror for a while to help remind me:
“Live in the moment and make it so beautiful that it will be worth remembering.”