It sometimes feels like we get so caught up in the day to day activities of our lives that one day starts to flow into another. Before you know it, a month or even a year has passed and it feels like “Where did the time go?”
As I reflect over the last 6 years of Chase’s life, I realize the importance of making memories. After his death, it felt like I was living a bad dream and I tried to cling to any memory I had to keep him alive in the present. The small things like his sweet voice, his deep hearted laugh, the way he shuffled his feet down the hall to the breakfast table every morning. I can’t remember if their beds were made, the laundry folded, the grass cut or the car washed. I do remember the tobogganing, ice fishing, wiener roasts, sandcastle building, ball and hockey games, the adventures of raising farm chickens, fort building, bike rides, storytimes, cookie baking, science experiments and gardening we did with the kids. The most precious gift you can give anyone is your time.
$86,400 A Day…
Imagine there is a bank, which credits your account each morning with $86,400, carries over no balance from day to day, allows you to keep no cash balance, and every evening cancels what ever part of the amount you had failed to use during the day.
What would you do?
Draw out every cent of course!
Well, everyone has such a bank.
Its name is TIME.
Every morning, it credits you with 86,400 seconds.
Every night it writes off, as a loss, whatever of this amount you have failed to invest to good purpose.
It carries over no balance.
It allows no overdraft.
Each day it opens a new account for you.
Each night it burns the records of the day.
If you fail to use the day’s deposits, the loss is yours.
There is no going back.
There is no drawing against the “tomorrow”.
You must live in the present on today’s deposits.
Invest it so as to get from it the utmost in health, happiness and success!
The clock is running.
Make the most of today!
- Think of 3 things to make a memory that you can talk about for years to come.
- Every day ask yourself “Did I make the day count? Did I do something I wanted to do, act the way I wanted to act?”
Points To Remember…
Time – Time is the most valuable thing we can give to our children. Nothing shows our love more. Spending time together creates a safe environment, so parents should be intentional to take advantage of drive time, meal prep, bath time, etc., to share with their children.
Laughter – Families who laugh together exhibit improved quality of health. Laughter makes home a place where every member wants to be, and creates an atmosphere of joy where families cherish each other’s company.
Prayer – Prayer is one of the most critical things parents can do to pass their faith along to their children. Talking with God together also helps improve the communication among family members and brings families together.
Dinner – Families that share mealtimes at least four times a week see improved communication and healthier eating habits. For dinner each night, maybe put away all cell phones, turn off the TV, etc., and really focus on the people you break bread with.
Conversation – Talking together creates an environment of love and acceptance. When children feel safe to share what’s on their hearts, they’re less likely to experiment with risky behaviors outside the home and more likely to develop strong character and a necessary sense of security and acceptance.
Reconnect– Call a friend you haven’t talk to in years and catch up. In this age of technology, we have more opportunities to keep in touch with the ones we love than ever before.
Take Pictures– Book a photographer for a family photo or simply pull out your camera and starting clicking. Photos help capture special moments and help you to remember when your memory fails you.
Give it your ALL– Work hard at what you like to do and try to overcome all obstacles. Laugh at your mistakes and praise yourself for learning from them. Love your friends and family with your entire being they are the most important part of your life.