This is the vinyl wall decor I made on my Cricut and have on our living room wall. I love this saying. I can’t take the credit for it – I saw this phrase somewhere a long time ago (though I may not have it exactly right) and it really stuck with me. It speaks to me. Every day I read this and remind myself of what is important.
This doesn’t mean you should live in the past. Instead, remember the good times. Forget the bad times. Hold the memories close that all strung together create your history.
On second thought, don’t forget the bad times. The moments are like stepping stones, leading you to this moment. Right here, right now. Those moments, good and bad, all string together to create a path through life.
Case in point: Our daughter was born extremely prematurely and weighed only 2 lbs 7 oz at birth. She spent three months in the NICU and has had several surgeries. Although the three of us have been through a difficult time, we made it through together, and are stronger for those struggles. Probably the biggest takeaway from those health issues is this: we are lucky. Very, very lucky. And we learned that we can depend on each other, lean on each other, and support each other, no matter what. Those difficult times bring you together. You forge a bond that can never be broken.
Remember that no matter how difficult things are, there is someone else going through something more difficult (and you can use your experiences to help those who are worse off – and if you don’t know where to start, consider volunteering for or donating to the Children’s Miracle Network). (BTW – if you are feeling sorry for yourself, thinking how difficult your life is, volunteer at a homeless shelter, or a hospital, or a nursing home. This will nourish your soul. I promise.)
Remember those who are lost. Keep them alive in your memories.
Remember your youth, the fun, the excitement and the wonder of life.
Look back on yesterday, and cherish it.