It’s The Little Things In Life…

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I love that our son is adventurous when it comes to most things, including food. I’m not sure if it is just his nature, or maybe the “two bite rule” we implemented in our house proved helpful… At any rate, we have been blessed with a wonderful eater. Here are a couple snapshots of him devouring Bibimbap at one of our favorite local restaurants. These are the snapshots that inspired my poem that follows, about remember to enjoy little moments like this one I will treasure.

toddler eating bibimbap

enjoying bibimbap for lunc

It’s The Little Things in Life…

It’s the little things in life that we remember.
The memories that will stay with us years from now
are simple pleasures, nothing extravagant.
Living in the moment can be so tough,
especially when you give in to the pressure.
The pressure to
…do more
…be better
…live up to others’ expectations
…fulfill your destiny
…make more money
…be a success.
Giving in doesn’t guarantee these desires
will ever materialize or become reality.
All it does is take you away.
Away from
…enjoying the present
…living in the moment
…creating memories that matter.
Life is too short to forgo the little things
in favor of creating a name for yourself,
or fulfilling your destiny.
Step off the train, stop. Look around.
Life is here. Life is now.
It’s the little things in life that
…bring us pleasure
…give us enjoyment
…help us feel alive.
Don’t get so busy living that you forget
to actually live your life in the here and now.

Candid Snapshot Tip:

Sometimes the moment worth capturing has come and gone before you know it. Sometimes we focus so much on documenting a candid moment that we forget to enjoy it ourselves. Guilty as charged. As a photographer by trade, I know this all too well. When photographing an event, or even just taking snapshots at a family get together, my attention is focused (hah, an unintentional pun) on creating images — I’m not enjoying the moment as an active participant, but as an observer.

Don’t get so caught up in composing the perfect picture that you forget about being an active participant in what’s going on. Imperfection is ok. Take a snapshot or two, set the camera down, and enjoy the moment.

What About You?

What do you do to enjoy the little things in life? How do you keep yourself from getting so focused on “tomorrow” that you forget about the here and now?

13 Responses

  1. Mae @ Mommy Loves Trees

    Really beautiful poem. I have set aside time every week to spend just with my son. Now that I have two kids, it helps us to enjoy each other’s company without distractions and make simple memories.

  2. Betsy Finn

    Thanks Mae. That is a great idea, I need to store that one away in my “to-dos” for once this next kiddo is born. I’m sure it would help my toddler with the transition too.

  3. martina

    Betsy, so true about trying to capture the moment and forgetting to live it. I do that all the time because I want to document everything for my son, but I tend to be too focused on that. Such a great reminder to enjoy the moment and the little things. Thanks for sharing!

  4. Emma @ P is for Preschooler

    I can’t decide which I like better – your amazing photographs or your beautiful poetry. Definitely pinning this, either way! 🙂

  5. Amy @ItsAMindfulLife

    This is fantastic! The poem is beautiful and so true! Love the pics too- what a cutie! Thanks so much for posting on #SmallVictoriesSunday!

  6. Betsy Finn

    I agree, Martina. It can be so tough to balance that desire to document all those great memories for when our little ones are older. I admit, I sometimes forget…despite my best intentions, and have to remember to step back…breathe, and reengage in our experience so we can enjoy it as a family.

  7. Betsy Finn

    Aww, thanks Emma. Your lovely compliment just made my day!

  8. Betsy Finn

    Thanks, Amy!

  9. Blair @ The Seasoned Mom

    Hi Betsy! I love this! Your little man is adorable…gotta love a good eater, too! We have a similar 2 bite rule in our house, which I swear works like a charm!

  10. Betsy Finn

    Thanks Blair! Yeah 2 bites works wonders.. He even tried two bites of something with siricha on it (hates spicy). Gotta hand it to him 🙂

  11. Cinella

    Adorbs! Way to go champ! I gotta bring that rule back. My girls are great with new foods and veggies, but sometimes they go on strike, lol.
    Cinella @ The Mami Blog

  12. Betsy Finn

    Oh, strikes are the best, aren’t they, Cinella! We had a streak where someone tried to refuse since his cousin didn’t have to follow the rule. Didn’t last long, fortunately.