And then there are those awful lows. Disappointments. Heartbreak. The loss of loved ones. Health issues. The thing is, most of life isn’t lived in the peaks or the valleys.
It’s lived in all the moments in between.
In what we take for granted.
In the times we’re in too much of a rush to savor a sunset.
Life’s lived mostly in little bits and pieces.
Fragments and memories.
Shared laughter and tears.
Hugs and “I love you” messages.
And it turns out those bits and pieces are what end up being the most important.
The moments in between. . .
When I was a younger version of myself, I thought that happiness meant achieving a certain level of “success.” I worked really, really hard to please family and friends. Oh, how I tried to be “perfect” in every way (impossible, of course!). I worked twelve to fourteen hour days at my job, because you know, I wanted to be the “best.” I rushed through life, huge “to do” list in hand, trying to prove that I was “good enough.” Chasing life’s peaks and trying to avoid the valleys is exhausting! And I missed out on way too many moments in between. . .
Can you see your life reflected
in this mirror too?
As the years roll on, my definition of happiness has changed. What’s important now? All the precious moments in between!
Laughing with a friend.
Slowing down long enough to appreciate the startling beauty of a yellow rose growing alongside my garage.
Sitting around the fire pit with friends on a chilly fall evening.
Building stronger relationships with people I care about.
Letting go of old resentments in order to make room for peace and joy.
Finally getting clear on the reason I’m here.
And doing something about it.
Because it’s the moments in between that build a happy life.
What about your moments in between?
When was the last time you relaxed in the sun for ten minutes without checking your cell phone?
Actually noticed a bird singing in the tree outside your window?
Has life gotten so crazy busy that there’s no time for a phone call to an old friend?
How long has it been since you had a real conversation at dinner time?
I know, I know. You’ve got so much to do. So many demands on your time. Dreams you still want to build on. I get it.
But the years whip by. Too. Darn. Fast.
One day you wake up and realize you’re closer to the end than the beginning.
Slow down. Breathe. Create special memories built of precious bits and pieces of time.
Because a whole lot of what really matters in living is found in the moments in between. . .
Live Your Purpose. Love Your Life. Make It Count!
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Bonnie Pond is an inspiring speaker and founder of the 10,000 Butterflies Project and the international Make Your Life Count Movement. She’s the author of The Power of Three: How to be Happy and Get What You Want in Life (Without Doing Anything Illegal, Immoral, or Unethical) and Unlock Your Creativity: 30 Days to a More Creative YOU! and self-described “Bahooda Kicker” who helps women stop settling for less than they really want in life. Her mission is to motivate women around the world to live their purpose, love their lives, and make them count.