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Collecting memories

What surrounds your home are reminders of what’s stored in your heart. ~ Christine Sternfels

I collect memories, not things.  Memories stay in your heart, even when you’re losing your mind.  Things fade, get old, lost, broken, become outdated and useless.  As my dad would say about material things “You can’t take that with you when you’re dead.”.

There was a time when my most precious possessions were beautiful and expensive things.  We lived in a neighborhood of ‘Joneses’.  One day, the entire hill we lived on was almost consumed by a wild fire in Southern California.  The only reminder of those ashes would be the hours of working too much, missing out on my children’s lives and spending whatever time I had at home being too tired and cranky to do anything with my family.  The Grand Prix fire changed my life.

When you get that pay check and you’ve paid your bills and set some aside for a rainy day, try to allot a portion for non-tangible things such as travel and giving back to your community.

There’s nothing wrong with working hard for a living, as long as you make an effort to have a life.  Work to live, don’t live to work.  Then go out there and collect memories.

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10 responses

  1. This may be one of the best posts I have read on your blog. I’m sharing it on mine. Thanks for putting things in perspective.

    March 23, 2012 at 11:33 am

    • Thank you! I forgot to add that although the fire changed my life, it’s still through God that I found the strength to make a shift. Have a fabulous weekend!

      March 23, 2012 at 11:42 am

      • Thanks for sharing that. What a great story.

        March 24, 2012 at 2:57 pm

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  3. Nicely put, Christine!

    March 23, 2012 at 12:47 pm

  4. Christine, I think you and I think a lot alike. Your Dad sounds like a very wise man too.

    Cheers,
    Louise

    March 23, 2012 at 3:02 pm

    • I agree. I was thinking the same thing while reading your blog. And yes, my dad is wise and yet very funny.

      March 24, 2012 at 3:07 pm

  5. words to live by. i’ve shifted recently too…we don’t need so many things. we need time.

    March 23, 2012 at 3:50 pm

    • I couldn’t agree with you more!

      March 24, 2012 at 3:08 pm

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