Important things for us all to ponder…To Make Moments Matter
~Life is too short to NOT find gratitude in your every day…
~Life is too short to NOT be intentional about our choices in who we interact with and where we spend our time and what we decide to do with it.
~Life is too short to NOT take chances, risks that are scary and difficult and challenging.
~Life is too short to NOT invest in people you love.
~Life is too short to NOT be carefree with reckless abandon when the spirit begs to soar.
~Life is too short to NOT discover your purpose and your passion and live your life IN it.
~Life is too short to spend your energy trying to change people.
~Life is too short to NOT dream.
~Life is too short to NOT make a difference in someone’s life EVERY DAY.
~Life is too short to waste time on things that don’t matter.
~Life is too short to settle for anything less than you deserve.
~Life is too short to NOT investigate and discover where we go after.
Life is too short…make moments matter.
Moral of the story, life is too short so be thankful. AMEN! You are sunshine on a blog, my dear.
AW!!!! “sunshine on a blog”!!!! That is the sweetest encouragement EVER!!! I just tear up every time I read that Cristina!! YOU blessed me so much with that… Truly!!! 🙂 XOXO
Michelle AKA Crumpets and Bollocks says
I think this quote, “Life is too short to NOT be intentional about our choices in who we interact with and where we spend our time and what we decide to do with it.
I am so thankful that I constantly discern every choice I make throughout my days, investing in pursuits and people that are valuable and worthy of my time and my heart.”
Is exactly what I needed to hear today. I sometimes swear God talks to me via the blogs on this blog hop. So thankful you are a part of it this week.
OH how I love love love that God does that!!! Michelle, I swear God uses blogs and words and so many happenings here on the good ol’ web to speak to us, through us! I’m so glad that this spoke to you. (I know it was a while ago- sorry about that! A bit behind!!! lol) Maybe God is speaking to you again, to remind you once more of this quote? I dunno. Perhaps. 🙂
Perfectly said…it’s sad to me that some people never learn even SOME of these truths. You are so fortunate to embrace ALL of them as part of your life every single day.
I am fortunate to have the CHOICE to embrace all of them, am I right? 🙂 It’s an ongoing challenge… but I really find the older I get the easier it becomes. I’m not sure if that is just being tired (ha!) or wiser (really?) or just plain realizing I am worthy of it (yup). I still fumble- don’t get me wrong!! But I am more successful at realizing what’s important for me and my life experience, and then taking bold steps to make it happen.
another jennifer says
AMEN! Everything in this post resonates with me. But you probably already know that. 🙂 xo
I TOTALLY already knew that Jennifer!!! 🙂 It’s so funny… whenever I write some of this powerful stuff- YOU come to my mind. Coincidence? I think not!!! Mwuah!!
Kelly L McKenzie says
Make moments matter. Thank you. I will make every effort to do so. This post is full of clever and insightful points. Good on you.
Thank you so much Kelly!! I am going to refer to this post over and over again… as I continue my quest for living with intention!! I hope you can too!! 🙂
You sneaky, sneaky thing! I love it! FRIST POST! And a total cheat 😀
I better get my butt in gear, Kitty! 😀
I DID NOT CHEAT!!!!! You better not still be jealous. 😉
Janine Huldie says
Aww, you answered this quite perfectly and admit I try very hard daily to make all in our lives indeed matter. It is hard sometimes, but I think if we just consciously do our best that is all we can be asked of to make that concerted effort. Hugs and have a great weekend now 🙂
I love that you get this Janine!! Life is one big fat investment… and it will be a blessing of returns if we live with intention! I am still working on many of these and our journey is always ongoing, full of turns that catch us off guard unexpectedly. It seems to get easier to make these significant decisions on a daily basis the older I get. Perhaps we realize there is this one life and we learn how to live it well. 🙂
You are so right, it is too short. Yet even as I nodded my head at every one of these I thought but I just did this exact thing. Some day I will find that peace. Until then life is too short for the journey to stop 😉
Oh Kerri! We are ALL on that journey to making these decisions every single day… I challenge myself in the moment and as I go- I remind myself of these truths ALL the time I have to make a choice. And often? I fail and try again. It’s ongoing… it’s always and forever ongoing… But I AM getting better at them. I think as we age, it becomes easier to do. At least I am finding that to be true!
Katie @ Pick Any Two says
Yes, yes, yes! For me, life is too short to let fear prevent me from moving forward.Yes, taking risks is scary. Yes, there’s a chance you’ll fall flat on your face. But that’s better than looking back and saying “what if?” don’t you think?
Oh do I think Katie!!!!! YES to THAT!!! There is nothing worse than regret! We only get one chance at this life… GO FOR IT!!! 🙂
I am thankful I have an awesome wife and kids.
AW!!!! I am SO thankful I have the most amazing man and kids… love you more than anything in this world. <3 You know that, though. But I'll say it over and over again... through the 'ages'.
Anna Fitfunner says
I like the way that you combined two themes into one post! Quite an accomplishment. Good points over all — I still have a ways to go on “Life’s too short to settle for anything less than you deserve”!
I thought it was sort of brilliant to do it this way!! Lizzi thinks I totally cheated, but the girl is just jealous. Yup. 😉
I hope you can truly dig deep to NOT settle for anything LESS than you deserve Anna… What a waste on a precious way to live. Think about someone you love the most in your life. What do they deserve? Don’t you think YOU deserve that too? You only got YOU girl. YOU are enough, and YOU are worthy of joy and goodness. Be kind to yourself- have grace. Above all? Grace for you. For me. For we truly must learn to love ourselves most. That’s where the rest of love comes from…
Kristi Campbell says
Aaaand, you combined the two themes beautifully. And, more importantly, importantly. Life’s too short to not save time doing two bloghops at once. I adore your voice, and your message, and that you totally and completely pulled this off. I’m thankful to be friends with you.
AW! Thanks love! Life IS too short to NOT pull off this post! Lizzi thinks I cheated. Pff. She’s just jealous.
Jennifer | The Deliberate Mom says
This past January, a dear friend and former colleague died suddenly at the age of 28. Then last April, my beloved grandma died. This sentiment struck me and I felt this way ALL – THE- TIME. Life IS too short regardless of what age you live until.
I thank God for the blessings I have and every day is an absolute treasure.
Wishing you a lovely weekend.
Oh Jennifer! Watching people we know and love die (especially at such an early age) is such a trigger to remind ourselves that THIS life is worth deeply living… not just surviving, or getting by. HOW we live is pivotal to our true richness of life. I am trying to embrace living deeply and taking those bold steps to do so. These are them. And I intentionally challenge myself every day to embrace them! I know you do too, my friend. We are BLESSED!!
You have three quotes that spoke to my heart:
“I am thankful that although I am often wrecked with anxiety, I dig deep to find the courage to take faithful steps through the fear.
Life is too short to NOT invest in people you love.
I am thankful that I have basked in the blessing of connecting with countless beautiful souls throughout my life.”
Especially #1, which I know you know about me.
Yeah… you and me babe. #1! 🙂 We got this together. #2 and #3. <3
Carol Graham says
Amen and again I say AMEN! Perfect, poignant and necessary post. Thank you
Oh thank you SO much Carol!!! AMEN!!! 🙂
Yes, to all of this, Chris. Live it all.
As you do so well, my sweet friend!!! Girl- you know IT!!!! 🙂
Sandy Garrett says
You are awesome……..I ‘m so grateful that our paths have crossed! Love ya!
AW Sandy!!! Thank you so much for coming by and blessing me with your beautiful encouragement!! I’m so grateful our paths have crossed too, my dear friend!! XOXO
Lisa @ The Golden Spoons says
This is great, Chris! I struggle with some of these, but I am trying because you are absolutely right – Life is too short and we need to make every moment matter.
I struggle with all of these at times, Lisa!! We just need to keep trying… and reminding ourselves what is truly important in our lives, and worth taking risks for and making bold steps toward or away from in order to live deeply. It’s always an ongoing challenge… and developmental journey!
A great list! When we find meaning and purpose in this life, and live intentionally with gratitude and love, we can be happy regardless of circumstances.
AMEN to THAT Kristi!! “Regardless of our circumstances” is such a significant statement. Love that! Joy and gratitude is not conditional.
Such great perspective.. like a breath of fresh air.
Thank you so much!! I love that… living deeply and embracing the moments that matter is just like a breath of fresh air to our souls!! 🙂
Such wise words, Chris. This one hit home: “Life is too short to NOT be intentional about our choices in who we interact with and where we spend our time and what we decide to do with it.”
We have a choice every day – tons of them – to use our time and give of ourselves in a way that’s good for our soul. This is an excellent reminder.
Thanks so much Dana!!! And as I am JUST NOW replying to comments, you will see that I did not embrace this duty in a timely matter. But hey! I made choices to do other things that were more significant at the time they occurred, knowing full well these will all be here when I had the time. And I’m glad I waited… Sometimes priorities shift. We need to honor that, don’t we!? I know you get this!! 🙂
for some reason reading these made me think I am not living enough… maybe just surviving too much… gotta work on that….
Oh Zoe! I have BEEN THERE! There are seasons of survival, I think. I lived them. Many of them! I have come to an open landing full of clarity and richness. You will too… And I know I will someday enter another jungle of survival too. Embrace what you can… but no shame or guilt in what you can’t. That defeats the purpose of living deeply. Embrace the survival…when that is what you have to embrace! There are moments there too, that are worthy of that. <3
My Inner Chick says
****Life is too short to NOT make a difference in someone’s life EVERY DAY.***
my favorite. yes!
you. do. make. a. Difference, my sweet.
As do you, beloved friend. As do YOU. <3 God makes sure of that... 🙂
So so true! Thanks for the reminder. I needed it.
I did too, Andrea. I always do! 🙂
I liked the one about not ex-spending energy trying to change people. This one is, for me, one of the toughest things to learn to accept. That I am the only I can change.
…amazing amount of energy is saved and god knows, there are plenty of better uses for it in my life.
You got that right Clark!!!! It’s a hard lesson to learn though- it’s our natural instinct to want to change others for the betterment of them and US. But it is a total waste of time and energy. It’s so liberating when we realize there is simply nothing we can do. Then the next step is contentment about that reality. Oh yeah… that’s a tough one too. 😉
Sandy Ramsey says
Look at what you did here! Very nice! And all such good points, too. Good for you, Christine…I hope you have a terrific week!
Thanks love! Call me Chris, would ya? I mean, we’re close enough friends for nicknames now!! Christine is too formal for me… You are much more than that Sandy!! 🙂
Michelle Liew says
I love your comment about life being too short not to choose who we want to mix with. I think we need t distance ourselves from toxicity!
Oh girl- you got that right!!! It’s SO hard to take those steps away sometimes… and yet? I think it’s a significant move of courage to do so for the sake of our health, our heart, our life. I’m slowly learning this is a must, even though it is so difficult to do. Toxicity can have a powerful grip, can’t it. Letting go is liberating!
Susan Zutautas says
I agree with you 100%! Awesome, awesome post!
Thanks so much Susan! I love that you agree with it all! Here’s to living deeply and deeply living my friend… 🙂
Dyanne @ I Want Backsies says
You are exactly right! Life is so precious and so short and none of us know when that “end date” is going to be. Live it fully now.
ABSOLUTELY Dyanne!! I love that! 🙂 “Live it fully now!!”
“…carefree with reckless abandon when the spirit begs to soar.” This is beautiful wording. I love this idea!
Oh do I like that wording too, now that I read it again!! lol It’s a beautiful thing… ah yes. A beautiful thing indeed Sarah!! 🙂
Lovely thoughts, I’m sharing this!
Thanks so much for sharing it Tarana! I think life is far too short to NOT live intentionally… and embrace what is truly important in our lives. <3
Julie @ ChristianMommyBlogger.com says
Thanks so much for linking up to Fellowship Fridays 37 on Christian Mommy Blogger. I loved this post of yours – it is such a reminder of how having a grateful attitude can really change one’s perspective. I often find that ‘get up on the wrong side of the bed’ days are really days when I have lost sight of the preciousness of the gift of the Love of God and the gift He gives us with each new day. Blessings on you!
Thank you for the invite Julie!! This is such a profound way to live… and we must embrace our daily blessings in our lives! There is glorious things to behold in the Glory of God! I need to remind myself of these truths daily… and live with intention to rejoice in each day the Lord has made! I pray it encourages others to do the same. <3
Well written dear sister! 100% agree!! Xoxo
Thanks sister!! I know you would agree… we live like that with FULL intention. What a blessing our lives truly are. <3
Amen! Just this weekend, I was so bummed because a major blogging event was postponed due to a storm. Plus, I couldn’t cancel/re-book my plane tickets because it was less than 24 hours when the organizers announced it. Money down the drain. You can bet that I was very sourly but then I saw on the news that people were stranded everywhere and the floods were terrible. There were a few bloggers who were already there and couldn’t go home and many who live in the area who were affected by the flood.
And there I was complaining while I was IN the safety and comforts of my own home.
Long story short, I had a wonderful day with my family, my mom and my sister came over and I whispered big thanks to the One above for keeping me where I was.
OH NO!!!!! I know how excited you were about going Jhanis!! What a beautiful perspective to turn into… it’s amazing how we realize how things that don’t work out can be a blessing in so many ways. I’m grateful you stayed where you were safe and protected and able to find gratitude in that. <3
Thanks for this beautiful reminder to live right now. Not dwell on what happened yesterday or worry about tomorrow…but be present in this moment.
It’s an ongoing journey… and I remind myself of these truths often!! Life must be embraced in all the right places, yes? XOXO!
You are such a positive influence! You’re right. Life IS too short. Lately, I’ve been hearing of young people my age (although I AM 37) dying. Everytime I hear a tragic story, I feel this way. It’s too short to complain, and not appreciate what we have. Counting our blessings is the key to happiness!
And living INTENTIONALLY is what gives us the fulfillment we desire! I work at these thankfuls every day… it’s ongoing and challenging and amazing to embrace what’s truly important in our lives, isn’t it?
Katy @ Experienced Bad Mom says
Thanks for the encouragement, Chris! I am smiling and content now.
Aw! Well that is a GOOD thing to feel… and I gather that means you are living LIFE with purpose and passion Katy. Good for YOU my friend! 🙂
Perfect timing, as usual, Chris. I just read a devotional this week about the importance of making time for people, for relationships, in our lives. Thanks for reinforcing this! (and you are so good at it too!)
AW! I love that the timing was so perfect for you Meredith! I know I need these reminders too… life is too short for what’s NOT important.
Great post! My 8yo writes one thing in her journal to be grateful each day. It’s amazing to see the level of gratitude from a young mind.
How precious is THAT Simone?!!! What a perfect habit to establish for the rest of her life!! Love it!
What great reminders here! This put a big smile on my face this Saturday morning, thank you so much for sharing on the #SHINEbloghop this week! 🙂
It’s always interesting to see how people respond to this post. Some realize they don’t do enough of these things- while others take it in and “smile” like you Lauren. I figure the people who can read this with a smile, are surely embracing LIFE! 🙂
Very inspiring , Life is short, let’s make the most out of it, have fun, enjoy our blessings and always be grateful for the wonderful things life can offer. Thanks for sharing. Great post!
It sounds so cliche, but when we live in this moment and see that it is a gift? It’s not cliche at all. Treasure every single piece of it! Thanks for stopping by Sherill! 🙂