Enjoying the Moment

“Recognize that the joy of motherhood comes in moments. There will be hard times and frustrating times. But amid the challenges, there are shining moments of joy and satisfaction.

“Author Anna Quindlen reminds us not to rush past the fleeting moments. She said: ‘The biggest mistake I made as a parent is the one that most of us make. . . . I did not live in the moment enough. This is particularly clear now that the moment is gone, captured only in photographs.

There is one picture of my three children sitting in the grass on a quilt in the shadow of the swing set on a summer day, ages six, four, and one. And I wish I could remember what we ate, and what we talked about, and how they sounded, and how they looked when they slept that night. I wish I had not been in such a hurry to get on to the next thing: dinner, bath, book, bed. I wish I had treasured the doing a little more and the getting it done a little less.'”

M. Russell Ballard


3 Replies to “Enjoying the Moment”

  1. So does that mean it’s bad if I choose to fall asleep earlier than everyone else because I’m not enjoying the moment? Dang.

  2. Ohhh… this is a great one! πŸ™‚ I always need a reminder about this! I want to capture fun times in pictures, but I would like to get better about writing down my feelings and memories about things whether or not I have pictures to go along. πŸ™‚

    This post also made me realize that I still don’t always think of myself as a Mom. My whole life it hasn’t really applied to me, except in that whole “someday” kinda way. πŸ™‚ Someday is here. Wow! That makes me smile!

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