The Precious Gift of Time….


Treasure the moments...

Normally, as we all know, I start my posts off with a quote, but instead I will be closing with something you may have already seen in the form of an email forward at some point (no it’s not the Nigerian Prince who is asking for money, but perhaps one of these times it may be applicable), but it’s an interesting sentiment when you really start to think about the preciousness of time.  I just came back from a weekend away in Napa with the Wondertwins and some very dear friends. KSP ended up having to go away on business and so I invited one of my closest friends to join me as my partner in crime for the weekend.  Additionally, as it was initially a couples trip, it so happened that the wife of another couple who was joining could also not attend due to work responsibilities.  So in the end there were 5 of us plus 3 little ones who made the group who would take Napa by storm.  Overall is was simply lovely.  So many moments in time of laughter, funny quotes, cuddles with babies, sips of wine, poker with pistachios and hot tamales, learning about wine, good food and the warm fuzzy feeling in your heart where you know you have captured something truly special.  As I drove back to LA yesterday on my own with the Wondertwins, I watched as the sun came up over the valley (I left at 6:45 am, and if I do say so myself it was a very good call), I drove down the road with classical music playing for the babies (only to be interrupted every few minutes by the dancing monkey and Ke$sha coming from Q, but thank god for that monkey, at this point I think everyone should have one), and the sky turning from a purplish pink to a pure blue.  As I looked out onto the horizon I was taken back by the most beautiful sight of several hot air balloons floating on the roadway directly in front of me.  It was so very peaceful and I felt the moment of gratitude as I thought about the amazing gifts I had been given in driving with my beloved babies in the backseat and the amazing weekend I had just had with my very dear friends with whom I had literally shared laughter, tears, hugs, silliness and warmth all in a very fast 72 hours.  72 hours or 3 days.  Either way, so much had happened in this short amount of time and it got me thinking about how, because of all of you ,and in my new view on the world through the help of this blog, I could truly appreciate so many of the moments in those 72 hours.  I felt the purity of my enjoyment and for me this was a bit new.

In the past, my mind was always so busy, I think I often missed these moments or had crafted something in my head of what the moments should be or should have been, and instead this time I was truly able to take in each moment and appreciate it.  I know that I have said this before, and as my beloved highschool basketball coach used to say, it takes 7 days to form a habit (this was meant to inspire us as we were doing daily doubles and running lines (10-86-42) which often ended in some people heaving, not pretty but effective thus the goal of 7 days), I think that perhaps in this case, my habit has formed.  Through practice, practice, practice, I am seeing the beauty in so many more situations, people, and events and because of this I am happier.  It’s the kind of happy, I always aspired to be but yet somehow felt out of reach or like I couldn’t figure out how to get there and yet so many others around me seemed so happy.  It’s in practicing appreciation of moments that is most certainly putting me on this path…and I love it.  So, today, tell yourself it takes 7 days to form a habit (it may take few more but 7 days is a good start) and take a moment to see a moment.  A laugh with a colleague, the warmth in hearing from a friend, the love you feel when you hear your spouses voice, the joy you see when your child sees you, and the love you feel when you look at those you love, family, friends, pets, whatever.  These moments can make today, your new favorite day.  I know my new ability to treasure moments has truly helped me as I continue to evolve in this journey and make each day ‘mynewfavoriteday’.  Happy treasuring!

 

Treasure Every Moment You Have.

To realize
The value of a sister
Ask someone
Who doesn’t have one.
To realize
The value of ten years:
Ask a newly
Divorced couple.
To realize
The value of four years:
Ask a graduate.

To realize
The value of one year:
Ask a student who
Has failed a final exam.

To realize
The value of nine months:
Ask a mother who gave birth to a still born.

To realize
The value of one month:
Ask a mother
who has given birth to
A premature baby.

To realize
The value of one week:
Ask an editor of a weekly newspaper.

To realize
The value of one hour:
Ask the lovers who are waiting to Meet.

To realize
The value of one minute:
Ask a person
Who has missed the train, bus or plane.

To realize
The value of one-second:
Ask a person
Who has survived an accident…

To! realize
The value of one millisecond:
Ask the person who has won a silver medal in the Olympics

Time waits for no one.

Treasure every moment you have.
You will treasure it even more when

you can share it with someone special.

To realize the value of a friend:
Lose one.

– Unknown

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About Shannon Pruitt from 'Mynewfavoriteday'

Welcome to 'mynewfavoriteday. This space is about gratitude and connecting through being open, vulnerable and real. I hope you will enjoy my take on motivation, inspiration and advocacy and will take the opportunity to tell me of your own thoughts and stories. Why I started 'mynewfavoriteday.' I am a childhood surviving, divorced, now happily married, IVF (and now natural pregnancy) success story, working mother of 2 amazing babies who were born 12 weeks premature. As life often seems to surprise you when you least expect it, we added another sweet baby girl M to our family in July of 2013. While our angel minis, Q and E are now 7 years old, our son, Q, has thrived while our daughter, E, has had a much more difficult journey. She is considered special needs and in September of 2012 was diagnosed with a rare genetic disorder called Angelman Syndrome. And so, as she has grown, so do we as individuals and as family. How to help her, how to celebrate our differences while allowing ourselves to cope with the challenges that we never knew to expect. Thus, while much of this blog is based on our experiences (good and not-so-good), it is also based on how we must not let ourselves become victims of our circumstances but rather advocate in our own lives. A little bit about me and who I am. In my professional life I am a marketer in the Entertainment Industry; however, ‘mynewfavoriteday,’ was not born of entertainment or marketing but rather as a pathway to help myself and others as we try to define who we are as parents, family members, spouses, friends, colleagues and people. I believe in never judging a book by its cover. Every cover is different, and no matter what your cover looks like, you never know how someone's book is written. Like mine. From the outside, you might never know what truly makes me who I am or what I believe. This blog explores the pages on the inside of my book. My vulnerabilities, fears, happiness, and all my triggers through the lens of being grateful for all the amazing blessings I know I have received but sometimes forget in the challenges of daily life. Thanks again for dropping by. I hope you will come back, subscribe, comment, share, and/or just hang out and be inspired or motivated to make each day for yourself or someone else 'anewfavoriteday.' By being here, you have certainly helped to make it mine. xo, Shannon

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2 Comments on “The Precious Gift of Time….”

  1. Deborah the Closet Monster Says:

    Teaching myself to both smile and look for silver linings were the best things I’ve ever done for myself. When the topic comes up in discussion, which it does surprisingly often, I like to remind folks happiness isn’t just something you stumble into or have dropped onto you; it’s something you strive for, and which you enjoy all the more for the effort you put in to get there.

    It’s hard, at the beginning–but, as you’ve said, it’s not long at all till what seemed so strange at first begins feeling natural!

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