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Memories of The Heart

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Wednesday, November 13, 2019

If we think about the shortness of life, would we take a moment or a day for granted? Would the dawn of the morning find us grateful and glad to be alive? Could we live each day to the fullest, giving something to a world that has given of its bounty to us?

Taken when I was thirty years old.

Like the artist with a blank canvas, each day is as painting vibrant strokes to the pages of our lives and finishing with something to be proud of.

Did I realize my youth would flee as quickly as the seasons change? Did I think life would be better when I entered my teen years or turned twenty-one? Like others, why was I ever anxious for Friday? What was wrong with the other days?

When I was fifteen, in an up close and personal moment, I told my aunt on a Monday or Tuesday, “I can’t wait for Friday.”
“Why do you want to wish your life away?” she asked.
I did not think of it that way until she pointed it out.

I reflect fondly on the times my brothers and I romped through the uninhabited fields and hills behind our home, laughing and enjoying the best of times.
Now we are many miles apart, and seldom get to see one another. Would I have savored the time, knowing one day it would come to an end? Ah-to have one day to spend once more with my brothers.

I do not wish to turn back time, but I give thanks for all the sweet memories collected over a lifetime. This picture was taken with my youngest daughter in 1981.

As I ponder the gift of time and the purpose of life, how can I esteem one day more important than the next? Can I take for granted that my husband will arrive home safely after work like he always does? Can I assume I will live forever, and tomorrow till never come?

Yesterday is gone, but for the memories of the heart and tomorrow is promised to no one, so, I will live today and...

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    So glad I found your blog.
    57 days ago
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  • no profile photo GRAVITYFIGHTING
    Thank you - enjoyed this blogs and the thoughts!
    58 days ago
    emoticon This blog is EVERYTHING! Words of Wisdom emanate! Thank you!
    59 days ago
    My mom used to say don't wish your life away. 💗
    59 days ago
    Lovely blog. Happy Thanksgiving!
    60 days ago
    Beautiful post!
    60 days ago
    Giving thanks every day is a habit I acquired 3 years ago when I became a born again Christian. When I was young I lived from Friday to Friday, wish the whole week away! Today I am thankful to wake up in the morning and then very thankful I can function on my own accord. Praise our wonderful Lord and Savior!


    63 days ago
    Giving thanks with you for this new day. God bless you today.
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  • ALOFA0509
    emoticon Great Blog!! Hit me with all the FEELZ Today emoticon
    65 days ago
  • SHARON10002
    This is a fantastic blog, Jan, and so eloquently written!!! I don't know why we as humans want to always look ahead for the next big thing, the next milestone, in our lives. I remember looking forward to turning 16 to get my license, to 18 to be able to vote, to 22 to graduate from college. . .
    My dad was a veritable fountain of wisdom, and I remember him saying that with each passing day - time sped up. He was so right.
    Our good Lord gives us the gift of life, and wants us to relish and enjoy each and every moment - be it happy or sad, along with the emotions it stirs up within us. That is the meaning of the word "present" because each and every moment we are given in this life is truly His "present/gift" to us.
    Thank you for this valuable reminder. emoticon
    66 days ago

    "has can I esteem one day more important than the rest?"

    What BEAUTIFUL words. Just what I needed to hear today. In this season of life I question my value and importance. I feel the best years of my life are behind me. I know that is not good thinking and a big reason why I'm not as happy as I used to be. Thanks for pushing me to know that each day holds SUCH value..
    and so do I.
    68 days ago
  • HEDSTS58
    So very true. I occasionally look forward to the end of the week but just because it's been so stressful I just want it to end. My Mom used to tell me not to wish my life away because it goes by faster the older you get
    68 days ago
    Love this blog. It hits real close to home for me and life is short. We can't take life for granted, we don't know from one day to the next what life will bring. Two years ago my life turned upside down and I wasn't given a very good prognosis. I have learned that each day needs to be treasured, being mindful of our surroundings. Enjoying life and creating memories. I was one of those people who wished time away. Not any more. I treasure each moment. You have a wonderful way with words and I just love reading your blogs. Thanks!
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    69 days ago
    I met the friend I was with today 51 years ago and we are still close. Our plan for today was to do some Christmas shopping at several stores. We did do some shopping...………...but we also ended up taking 2 hours for lunch. We hadn't been alone to REALLY talk for a few months, so we each shared our ups and our downs and offered advice and LISTENED. It was so therapeutic!!!!! I enjoyed the day, but mostly because I enjoyed the talk that we had. One of the topics was the topic of your blog. Why did we wish our lives away when we were kids? Where did the time go? Weren't our kids just babies? What would we have done differently? What is the best part of our lives now? For two hours we really talked as only close friends can who are totally honest with and totally trust each other.

    Thank You so much for your wonderful blog. It was a summary of so much of what we discussed and as usual, so eloquently written.

    69 days ago
    Well said. Life is so short. We assume we have forever.
    69 days ago
    69 days ago
    emoticon Each day is a gift. Thank you.
    69 days ago
    So true and beautifully said. Thank you for the post. Memories are what we reflect on and get us through rough times.
    69 days ago
  • LORI-K
    Very nice. Thank you. emoticon
    69 days ago
  • PIZZA5152
    Great blog thanks for sharing enjoyed your stories.
    69 days ago
    Every day is Friday when your retired! Loving each day!
    69 days ago
    Very thoughtful and thanks for sharing!
    69 days ago
    Good reflection
    69 days ago
  • 2DAWN4
    Love the advice that your aunt gave you!
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    Comment edited on: 11/14/2019 10:06:19 PM
    Love this reflection.
    70 days ago
    Beautiful blog. Your pictures are gorgeous. I have learned to cherish every moment because of blogs and talks from family. No regrets. I shouldn't say that. The only regret I have is not enjoying my teenage years as much as I should have. I took myself way too seriously. I have given that up and realized I am hilarious! LOL. I have a child with special needs-autism-and not only have I learned to enjoy my time with him-He is 27 and lives in a group home I have learned to treasure the little things because as they say all those little things are actually the big things of life.
    70 days ago
  • GRAMMY065
    Wonderful thoughts! Thanks for sharing your heart.
    70 days ago
    My father used to warn me about wishing my life away too. Now the days seem to fly by so fast. I am happy for memories.
    70 days ago
  • TERRI1458
    I do miss the time when my children were young and the fun my husband and I had before our children came into our lives. I loved reading your blog and being reminded of the same things going through my mind. My sister and my mom live blocks away and they don't have time for me. I spend every night cherishing the evenings with my husband and waiting for the next time I can see my children and my grandchildren. Life is to short and I am so thankful for emoticon the times we all get to come together to make more memories for all of us to look back on. My dream is to leave something of real value to them all. Not in the form of money or items but of the time we spent together, just loving each other! emoticon emoticon emoticon
    70 days ago
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    70 days ago
    Oh!!I I can relate to wishing my days away! I couldn't wait till I had a job, I couldn't wait till I turned 18, i couldn't wait till i graduated high school. I couldn't wait till it was Friday, weekend etc... Now I can't wait till I retire... which is soon next year or 4 at max... wonder what i can't wait for next? kids visiting, grandkids calling:? dying? omg... never thought about time moving on so fast and that I always want to b somewhere else..
    Who knew the times running around with brothers/sisters would end?
    Who knew sister would pass first?
    Who knew mom and dad would need my help as they age?
    not me ever!

    Your blog is spot on Jan! thanks for the wake up call to live in the moment!
    70 days ago
    emoticon emoticon to all of you who have posted--You may not see this, but I am SO appreciative!! I will try 'n make it around to thank all of you individually~
    70 days ago
  • JUDYD207
    So beautifully said. You really have a great way to say exactly how you feel.

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  • NANCY-
    Beautifully said. Each day is indeed a gift.
    70 days ago
    My mother would tell me this so often...just wait til your my age. And I was the youngest of all by many y
    70 days ago
  • GLORYB83
    I treasure each second now but when I was younger I wasted time wishing my life away - guilty!
    70 days ago
  • JLZEI1964
    Every day is certainly a gift. We all have purpose.
    70 days ago
    This beautifully written blog really resonates with me. Tomorrow is my husband's funeral. He was taken from me very suddenly. I cannot believe that I am a widow. Right now I can't help but feel like time moved too quickly and we should have had more of it together. emoticon
    70 days ago
    The older I get, the faster time seems to spin away. I try to treasure each moment. emoticon
    70 days ago
    It’s difficult sometimes not to wish our lives away... but living in and savoring the here and now is key to joy.
    70 days ago
    what a beautiful blog and a fantastic reminder to be greatful for everything not to waste or wish our life away

    have a blessed day
    70 days ago
    I have such good memories of my grandchildren and revisit those often.
    70 days ago
    Outstanding blog and beautifully written Jan. Thank you for sharing your thoughts. I've been thinking of call my brother, I believe I'll call him today
    70 days ago
    Beautiful post very moving & poignant. It is sad that life goes on & we are not always aware of how time passes.
    70 days ago
    Life is so precious and we do take our time for granted. Most of my current life are memories of loved ones that passed way too soon. It is just me and my cat most of the time. I am getting back out and getting together with friends. emoticon
    70 days ago
    Super blog, I was just thinking this morning that I don’t see my daughter so much as we live in France and she’s back in London. I miss seeing her daily, but at least we FaceTime regularly. When I went away to study, I didn’t see my family more than once every 4-6 weeks and less when I bought my own home over a hundred miles away. Now I’m the parent and my daughter is almost 20....
    70 days ago
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