Stop & Smell the Roses

Over the weekend I decided to watch an old favorite movie of mine; Stepmom. Some of you may wonder why I would even consider this movie a favorite, but for some reason it was just one of those movies I could watch over and over no matter how depressing it is. However, I haven’t seen it since I became a mom and let me tell you what; talk about even more depressing than it ever has been before! I finally had to turn it off so that I could stop crying and get a little nap in.

It got me thinking though; although at first it was more of me freaking out than actually thinking. That natural tendency for me to worry kicked into gear and I started imaging if I were like Susan Sarandon’s character and facing death as a mother. Sob sob sob…is exactly what I did. I can’t imagine not growing old with my best friend of a hubby or seeing my sweet little munchkin growing up to graduate, go to college, or get married.

Then, as I prayed in desperation to the Lord to always keep me healthy and strong so I can watch my family grow, He reminded me I have nothing to fear and there is no need to worry.

{Matthew 6:34 “So don’t worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring its own worries. Today’s trouble is enough for today.}

Even though this verse is an instruction from the Lord, it’s still so very true even if choose not to look at as an instruction. There is so much going on each day in each of our lives that if we spent half the time focusing on the present as we do the future then I wonder how much more value we would add to our days.

So, of course that got me thinking more. {Thanks Lord.} He’s right though. If I would slow down and stop spending so much time each evening preparing for the next day I would have so much more time with my boys. Granted the things do spend time doing are necessary, but are they necessary at the times I do them? Probably not.

I then started to think about all things I don’t do {or don’t let Mason} do because I don’t want to have to clean up a mess later or the things I miss out on because I’m too preoccupied with cooking tomorrow’s dinner.. How ridiculous is that? Although I know it’s a true scenario not just for me. ;)

My motto for years has been “to live every moment as though it was your last before the Thief of Always steals tomorrow from your grasp”, but reflecting on it this weekend I realized that I haven’t been living that way at all.

I don’t want to wait until my time is limited before I really start to value my life and the time I have with the people I love. So, I’m going to stop sweating the small stuff and do more stopping to smell the roses.  {Cliché indeed, but I don’t care.}

I don’t want to take any more time for granted; or the people in my life for granted. So, tonight no matter what the agenda may have been I’m going to toss it out the window! I’ll let the dishes wait until after Mason is in bed, I’ll make a mess and clean it up later, and I’m going to enjoy the time I have with the two boys who mean the world to me.

Life is about living and it’s about living it to its fullest. Why do most of us wait until our life has a time limit before we really start living it in the way we’re meant to?

I encourage to live every moment is though it were your last. Be silly, have fun, travel, make yummy foods, eat dessert first, make messes, eat breakfast for dinner, stay up late just to cuddle, dream & dream big, smooch a lot….the list could go on. Cherish each day, love on those around you, make each day full of memories you’ll never forget, and don’t take any moment you have for granted.



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