Remember What’s Important

Image of the MoonTonight I pulled into my driveway after a long day.

A day that I finished off with a punishing session at the gym (ahh sweet therapy).

I was feeling worn out, beat down, and ready to call it a night.

But as I exited my car I looked up and drew a deep breath. I felt the still, cool night air on my skin. Slight goose bumps came over me and the hairs on my arms perked up.

I listened attentively to the song of crickets. It made me smile knowing that summer has not yet bid us farewell.

There was a faint hum from a plane far off in the distance. Its flashing beacon lights were clearly visible in the cloudless night sky.

The striking silhouette of the maple trees in my yard against the deep blue sky (not yet completely dark and black) quietly summoned my attention.

I leaned back against my car with my heavy gym bag over one shoulder and my stainless steel water bottle in hand. I marveled as I looked around me. A peace washed over me.

Then it hit me.

Savoring these moments is what makes life good. These moments are what truly matter.

I stood there silently gazing up in awe. The bright, round moon was faithfully reflecting light; a gift that I all too often take for granted.

“I’ll be moving soon,” I thought. I’ll be moving to another state to be closer to my brother. Family is important.

Cherishing the wonders of this great planet and even our night sky; that’s important.

Running our businesses and earning a living? Also important.

But let’s not forget the things that money can’t buy. Let’s not forget to be thankful.

Thankful for the spiritual cleansing and the emotional (and physical) healing power of the awe-inspiring, yet quiet and fleeting moments of our lives.

How many more September 9th nights will you live to enjoy?

How many more tranquil summer nights remain on the calendar of your life?

How many more of them, and their beautiful moments, are you willing to ignore?

Do work. Focus on the future. Pursue your passion. Grow your business. Yes, get it all done.

But endeavor to appreciate the blessings of this wonderful life that we don’t own, can’t buy, and will never fully understand.

Are you with me?

Photo: brucethomson


5 Responses to Remember What’s Important
  1. Murray Lunn
    September 10, 2011 | 4:41 am

    I try to experience these moments every morning. I’m usually up at night but that time between the moon going down and the sun rising – when it’s slightly blue outside – is the moment that blows me away. I love standing around, sipping my coffee and just feeling the cool breeze. It really puts things into perspective and how lucky I am to be able to work for myself :)

    • Jon
      September 11, 2011 | 8:48 am

      Murray I’m so glad that you take the time to savor these moments. That night was one of those times when I couldn’t just walk indoors, I was compelled to soak it all in. And a continued congrats for taking the leap to working for yourself!

  2. Adrienne
    September 10, 2011 | 5:22 pm

    Like Murray, I also experience these moments every single day. I start my day by being thankful for what I have, where I am and the people I have in my life. I’ve watched lives slip away with regret and I promised I’d never be like that.

    Savor every moment because you never know when it’s your last but also just appreciate what you have and be thankful.

    Glad you reminded us of this Jon and hope all is going well with you.

    Adrienne

    • Jon
      September 11, 2011 | 8:49 am

      That’s perfect, Adrienne. Starting your day off with such positive thoughts is what keeps you so happy-go-lucky and fun to talk to! Thanks as always :)

  3. HP van Duuren
    November 6, 2011 | 9:48 am

    Thanks for your Post Jon,

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