A couple of weeks ago, I felt a bit depressed. Memories of days gone by seemed more fun and more dear to me than the here and now. Have you ever felt that way? Be careful, because it can lead you down a road of dis-satisfaction.
I know. I was headed down "Discontentment Trail."
Then, I forced myself to remember some of the special times I had with my dearest Eric. Yes, sometimes it takes a conscious effort to think back to the "good ol' days." Remembering our dating years made me realize that he and I have some pretty precious memories: walking hand in hand around our hometown, holding hands in the car on our way to an event, going for long bike rides early in the morning, etc. Yeah, we were pretty romantic back in the day!
The flame in my heart was not gone, it was smoldering just a bit. That happens now and again with old married people. There are times when a bit of kindling needs to be thrown on the coals. Memories are great kindling! Thinking on those things got me out of my discontentment and made me realize how blessed I truly am! "...whatsoever things are lovely...think on these things."
I then began to bask in the memories of our children's early days. I remembered some of the cute things my older children said and did when they were the ages of my three little ones now. The way Michael looked walking out to the barn by himself when he was 3, the times my children began to walk, read, begin doing school. I remembered some of the outings we've taken together as a family - the smiles and laughter shared. It made me realize that we are constantly making memories. We make memories each and every day.
We need to enjoy the memories while we're making them.
And someday, we'll look back on today and smile.