I have read that special moments and experiences create memories that grow in value over time. I have felt this and believe it to be true.
We recently returned home from a ten day road trip. When I am asked how our trip was, my initial response is “Amazing!”. We did have a fantastic time. However, I was sick most of the trip and loaded up on Tylenol and cough medications. But what I remember most is the awesome adventures and experiences of our trip. And of course I laugh at the day I lost my voice and was driving my husband crazy when I tried to talk. Fortunately we were able to take it easy, sleep in a bit, and thoroughly enjoy each day as it came.
Have you ever had your eye on something, purchased it, and down the line found it wasn’t as exciting as you expected? Perhaps you got bored with it. That new car or new gadget was awesome at first, but then it started to wear out, or a newer model came out, and now you wanted to replace it? Yes, I’ve been there.
But those amazing memories, they GROW in value and pleasure over time. In fact, you can maximize their value when you create new moments, remembering the past moments. How many times have we lingered over coffee, or maybe took a leisurely walk, and reflected on a precious vacation, dinner with a loved one, or an evening together with friends. Even that time reflecting grows the value of a moment in time.
Remember the fisherman who expands the size of his fish each time he is asked about his catch? Yes, his memory builds upon that experience and it become greater over time!
Investments in moments may be created through saving and planning for that special vacation, or travel adventure. Or the investment may be in time or effort planning and creating the moment, and may cost very little money at all. Either way, think twice before throwing your cash away on that new gadget or fancy clothing item or accessory (been there, done that).
What do you want to reflect on in ten years, twenty years, or next week? That new gadget? Or the joy of watching the sunset with your loved one, or climbing the peak to experience the breathtaking view at the top? Snap some photos. Surround yourself with what will bring back those beautiful memories over and over again.
When I sit down on a Saturday morning, and enjoy my coffee in a special mug, that memory comes rushing back and fills my heart with joy.
I am pulling down old wall art that has no special value to me. I’m beginning to replace them with my own photos that will allow me and my husband to remember, reflect and relive those moments. It gets in our soul. It brings true joy. And it inspires us to anticipate, plan, and create new moments to remember.
When the time in life comes when I can no longer be as adventures as I am today, I will remember with joy, for as long as God allows, until he brings me home to the adventure that will last for eternity.
It’s great to reminisce about good memories of my past. It was enjoyable when it was today. So learning to enjoy today has two benefits: it gives me happiness right now, and it becomes a good memory later.
Photography was a way for me to freeze time and to capture the moments that were happy and healthy. I saw a photo as a way to go back to a memory if I ever needed to.
Life is all memory, except for the one present moment that goes by you so quickly you hardly catch it going.