Pieces of Me

Live the Moment

The alarm clock sits on her bedside table. A wedding gift from ten years ago now. The bright green digital numbers only serve to mock her. 5.45am. She can hear the footsteps coming down the hall. “Mummy it is morning.”

Her mind starts to tick. Must check the rabbit. Must sort out the lunches. Must get the uniforms ready. Must check emails. Must check Facebook. Must do the beds. Must. Must. Must.

In a moment she is squashed under the weight of her four year old. Sloppy morning kisses. His chatter. His excitement. “Is it kinder today?” She laughs to herself. How can he not remember? In that moment, she wishes that is all she had to remember in her day.

With a tickle and a cuddle she assures him that ‘yes today is kinder!’ She swings him under the bedcovers and props him up on the pillows to watch the morning cartoons in bed. Her mind starts to tick again. Must read the paper. Must think of another pitch. Must write to-do list. Where is the rabbit?

Live in the Moment

Every day is the same. Yesterday dissolves into her pillow as she sleeps at night. Tomorrow somehow always feels out of reach. Sometimes she wonders, is today even here at all?

Scattered throughout the house, the voice of motivation is everywhere. Books piled in corners filled with pages of esteemed writers and their passionate pleas. Framed prints act as reminders to slow down, take stock and enjoy the moment. Small trinkets from her travels are monuments to what really is important.

Thrown across the couch her iPad glows. The quote that she has saved on the screen acts as a daily reminder. “In between goals is a thing called life, that has to be lived and enjoyed” ~ Sid Caesar.

Live in the Moment

Amongst all of the doing and the rushing she often forgets that life is about living. Always chasing the dream and ticking off the to-do list, she sometimes underestimates how fulfilling the simplicity of just enjoying life can be.

Moments when she sits in the afternoon sun, absently staring out the window with a hot cup of tea in hand. Mornings that she spends cuddled up on the couch watching cartoons with her boys. Nights spent with hubby, having a cheeky wine in bed while watching Offspring together. If she closes her eyes and sits in the quiet, she finds the answer. Be humbled by life. Live the moments.

What motivational quote do you live by?


Writers Reveal is a once a month post that links the talents of Emily, Melissa, Jodi, JC, Becky, Rhianna, Ashley, Zanni and me. The topic this month was sent to me by JC: My topic for you is about motivational quotes. Choose one of your favourite quotes – any quote by any person is fine – and comment on why you find it motivational.

Please stop by and visit all the fabulous writers who are part of this link-up x

  • What a perfect quote. I think I live by that one. I am not overly goal driven – but driven by the need to stay active and creative. My achievements happen out of creating constant motion. Lovely post. xx

  • Beautiful post! Love the quote you chose! One of my favorites is a quote by Albert Einstein: “Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world.” It reminds me not to put too much importance on just facts, which can be hard when you’re a scientist. Creativity is just as valuable!

  • Pip Macdonald

    Be humbled by life. Well I’m humbled by your words which made me stop for a while so it’s a start. Beaut reminder. Thank you. x

  • Oh yes Josefa. Once again you have captured the essence of the busy lives we lead and reminded us of the importance of moments. Thank you.

  • Emily Morgan

    Oh I love this, I feel like you were in my head when you wrote it! Sometimes I find myself taking a step back and saying to myself – where is your joy in living? Why are you obsessing about the whats-next and the to-dos and not just enjoying the now? This is a great reminder.

  • Lovely, it is hard to stay present with that to-do list playing over in your mind isn’t it?

  • Julie

    What a great quote. It is so easy to live from goal to goal, following the to-do list instead of enjoying each moment. Thanks for the reminder.

  • Renee at Mummy, Wife, Me

    Once again I feel like you’re reading my mind. It is so easy to get caught up in all the things that ‘have’ to be done when we really should be enjoying the simple pleasures around us. It is easier said than done though sometimes.

    Ps. Love your collection of books especially the Archangel Gabriel one.

  • I love this post Josefa. I’m not sure what my favourite motivational quote is, as there are many I live by. But I found the one you have up there and love it too. Our life is one big merry go round, but I do love it all. Between what seems like 90% maintenance, is the 5% of joys and 5% of sadness. These moments wouldn’t be so special if it weren’t for the mundane! xxx

  • I’m constantly catching myself NOT living in the moment, and am striving to correct this. Thanks for the reminder Josefa.

  • AParentingLife

    Sometimes I think I spend a little too much time living in the moment and not nearly enough time chasing the dream. This was wonderfully written Josefa

  • Lynda @HomeleaLass

    This is so beautifully written. It’s so easy to get caught up in the daily grind, thanks for reminding me to live.

    I like to remind myself that “the impossible is possible” to get out of my mindset and embrace the possibilities.

  • That’s a great quote and a beautiful post, Josefa. The quote should be the opposite way around for me – I’m such an aimless sort of lifer!

    My quote that I adore is the classic Ralph: What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us. Sigh, it just helps.

    And I also love: Don’t let comparison be the thief of joy. I need to remember that one. x

  • Tracy H

    I have always been a … “Always expect the unexpected” kinda girl x

  • Oooh, I love this. It’s just so poignant. The amount of nights I wish I’d spent more of the day just “being”. Being with my kids, playing, listening, laughing with them instead of rushing through the day. In the blink of an eye they will be grown up and gone.

  • Great Post Josefa! I love your quote. I’m either completely goal-driven or completely in the moment and so find it hard to have a long term goal on the horizon whilst still enjoying the simple moments along the way so for me the “it’s a Marathon not a Sprint” mantra is helpful as a reminder to pace myself 🙂 Mel x

  • jane@flightplatformliving

    it is so wonderful to find you on here. now following along and loving your blog xxx

  • You’ve captured my inner monologue! Lists, lists and more lists. I’ve got to stop. And breathe.

    My favourite quote – because it’s something I aspire to, unfortunately not because it’s what I do just yet – is from Michael J Fox: ‘Don’t spend a lot of time imagining the worst-case scenario. It rarely goes down as you imagine it will, and if by some fluke it does, you will have lived it twice.’

  • Rita

    This quote is absolutely amazing Josefa!

  • Becky Fyfe

    Beautiful post! So very true too! That’s a wonderful quote. 🙂

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