A few days ago I stumbled upon this quote which was attributed to Dr. Seuss. It really hit home as my recent life has been a thousand moments lost in time. Then I quickly learned it is misattributed and actually comes from Georges Duhamel in the year 1919. The proper quote is We do not know the true value of our moments until they have undergone the test of memory. Either way the point is clear. In this social media/technology addicted world we have let the important pieces of life pass us by. We have our nose in our phone and we’re multi tasking. Texts have replaced phone calls which have replaced face to face exchange. We need to value our moments and create memories. Here are a few tips on how to create memories that will last forever.
1. Take A Deep Breath and Slow Down: During my vow renewal I nearly lost it. Actually, when the crepe lady didn’t show up I did lose it a bit. I have very few positive memories from the event I spent over a year planning. Looking back I should have simply taken a deep breath and slowed down. If I had decided to live in the moment I would have been happier and had warm memories rather than blurs of my guests having a great time as I stood frazzled.
2. Document: Running MySentimentExactLee for 7 years I’ve had many experiences I hope to never forget. I conducted a face to face interview with Elton John. I’ve attended grand openings for 2 attractions at Walt Disney World. I’ve walked red carpets for movie premieres and even had the chance to interview celebrities on the red carpet. The most important thing I could do in those moments were to take pictures. I didn’t hide behind my camera but I did take pictures so I could look back on the moment.
3. Display: You’ve taken all these important pictures in hopes you’ll remember the moment forever. Now print a few of those pictures. In our crazy run here and there lives we’ve forgotten to actually take our pictures from the computer and into a tangible form. You don’t have to take up scrapbooking but print a few pictures and put them into frames or tack them to a mirror. You’ll feel nostalgic every time you walk by.
4. Journal: I journal by utilizing MySentimentExactLee. I take time to write things down. My experiences and my feelings. I can actually feel my blood pressure subside when I sit down to write. Although a picture is worth a thousand words that doesn’t mean those words aren’t worth writing down.
5. Lunch: Invite a friend to lunch. There is no better way to appreciate the moment than by sharing it with a friend. Catch up with your friend and remind yourself what life is really about. Your moments would be far less heart warming without the people you love. I’ve had lunch with numerous friends recently, which isn’t typical, and I’ve been reminded what really matters.
Remember these 5 tips to value moments and create memories. They will help you live a more carefree life. You deserve to be happy, so slow down and embrace everything around you. Please leave a comment and let me know how you create memories.