Making the most of time

12 Mar

Do you ever wonder how much time you have left?

Not to sound morbid, although there isn’t really another fitting adjective, but I tend to think fairly often about life and our time on this Earth. I often wonder if I’m making the most with the time I’ve been given. God, I sure hope so.

I mean, of course, I am first and foremost a loving (and often nagging) wife and mother to the three most important people in my life. I’m also a daughter, sister, granddaughter, aunt, cousin, and friend to so many special people who I love. And I love these roles with all of my heart and then some. But yet, there is still a part of me longs to be something more. To do something incredible with my life.

I guess I want to be remembered for making a difference.

I’m reading an amazing book right now – A Million Miles in a Thousand Years by Donald Miller. It’s all about how he learned how to edit his life to create a better life for himself simply by using the tools storytellers use to tell great stories. Early on in the book there was a part that struck me. It talked about how we have so many memories that we create throughout our lives, but how many of them actually stick with us? I know that for many of us, the memories that stand out are probably the unique experiences we’ve had and the people we shared them with. And I also know that life can’t always be full of extraordinary events such as skydiving or swimming with dolphins or the birth of your children or the loss of a dear friend to cancer.

In my reality it’s full of diaper changes and messy breakfast dishes in the sink, rushing off to preschool mid-week. There is laundry to be washed and folded and groceries to be unloaded from the car while sleepy babies doze in the backseat. After naps in the afternoons the kids bring me books to read and they both plop down on my lap, one on each leg until my foot falls asleep, and we read Goodnight Moon and Green Eggs and Ham and they never get tired of it. Neither do I. I love to smell their soft necks and kiss their chubby pink cheeks. I say, “I love you” to each of them so many times throughout the day and I never get tired of it. These are the little moments I wish I could bottle up tight and revisit from time to time.

And yet, they pass by so quickly, without time to document them all as I would like. Keeping my journals is one way I’ve captured some intensely stressful and emotional periods in my life and I am so grateful to have them to look back at to remind me how far I’ve come.

I do want to I want my life to be a great story.

But for now, I’ll immerse myself in the sweet precious moments of my everyday life. Because so far I feel like it is a really great story. And it only gets better with time.

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3 Responses to “Making the most of time”

  1. Shelly March 25, 2012 at 5:12 pm #

    You are creating a beautiful story right this minute. You are raising up the future leaders with love and care. Your kids have YOU to raise them. Mommy knows best. Don’t wish for something more…you have it right now.

  2. Tallulah "Lulu" Stark March 13, 2012 at 9:49 am #

    You will be remembered for making a difference. You’re here, right? And your children will always remember you as their wonderful mother. Even if they become teenagers and start screaming, “I hate you!” in your face. In five years when they become adults, they’ll change their tune.

    Being a mother is something that makes you the stuff of legends. God willing, you will be your children’s children’s grandmother one day. And even more God willing, you’ll be a great-grandmother one day. And you will live in their memories and stories forever, putting a your handprint on their lives and their hearts.

  3. Sheri W March 13, 2012 at 6:54 am #

    You actually are doing something incredible with your life, look what you’ve survived. I can tell you’re a wonderful mother and I admire what you do. I can guarantee the people whose lives you touch, and most importantly your children, will remember the difference you’ve made in their lives. But I do know what you mean. I often feel like I should be doing more with mental health advocacy as well as domestic violence prevention advocacy. Then there’s my jewelry business I’m trying to get off the ground, an all that wonderful housework and cooking in between. One of my daughters has 3 little ones plus she’s going to school online. I get tired just listening to her describe her day!

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