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How to Fill Your Time With Amazing Moments

During a local errand run, I came across a luggage tag that grabbed my attention. Written in bold, clear lettering it said,

“Collect moments NOT things.” 

I’ll be the first to admit that I’m a collector of things. I derive pleasure in looking at and playing with fun, colorful objects like my floating pens, Pez dispensers and miniatures. But what I am a deeply appreciative of are the brilliant moments that life offers us at every turn.

The key is allowing the time to pause and acknowledge what we’re seeing, hearing, feeling, or noticing. Maybe the moment is the slight breeze cooling you off on a hot day, the scent of the rich, brown earth after a heavy rain, hearing the soothing voice of a loved one, the taste of that first morning sip of coffee, or sensation of your body exhaling as you lay down to relax after a long day. The list of wonderful moments goes on. Which moments fill your time? Which moments are there to appreciate?

While some moments are solitary, we also have shared ones with our friends, family, colleagues, acquaintances, and strangers. Who are the people that you share your time with?

Linda Goldfarb and Linda SamuelsOur time is limited. This was made all too clear as I mourn the recent loss of my friend and colleague, Linda Goldfarb. She passed away this week and will be deeply missed. Over the last fifteen years, our paths crossed many times at NAPO-NY, NAPO National and ICD events. I had the great pleasure of working with her on several projects for ICD. She was a woman of her word, creative, patient, focused, and always delivered on her promises. Linda was passionate about traveling, spending time with her husband, Bob and being a foster parent to dogs waiting to be adopted. She was a giver. Her moments counted.

While I’ll continue to collect a Pez dispenser here or a miniature there, the larger focus will be on collecting and appreciating amazing moments both simple and deep, solo and shared, because life is made up of those tiny instances. Time goes all too quickly. These moments are waiting for us to embrace.

Amazing moments are the ones we notice. Which moments fill your time? I’d love to hear your thoughts. Come join the conversation. 





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Linda, sorry for your loss. Those who passed will live as long as we remember them.

As a recovered shopaholic, I can say now, I appreciate experiences more than anything, sure I still love some objects because the use or the pleasure they give me, but my memories are the best non-clutter things I have. My memories will fade only when I fade.

June 16, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterNacho Eguiarte

LInda. Thank you. I have been having such a hard time processing that Linda is gone. This one hit me so hard since I just had no idea. She was a woman of her word. She showed compassion and strength and always kindness. I will always remember the kindness. Time is the one thing we all have the same of. So we need to make it matter every chance we can. Thanks for reminding us of that so eloquently. xo

June 16, 2015 | Unregistered Commenterleslie josel

@Nacho- Thank you for your kind words of support. It's so true that the people we love will be in our hearts forever through the memories we have. I appreciate you sharing your perspective on your journey as a recovering shopaholic…focusing now on experiences instead of things.

@Leslie- I know what you mean about having trouble processing Linda's passing. She was a private person, which is why so many of us, including me, had no idea that she was ill. When I heard about her being ill, I reached out and we had a lovely email exchange. That was only a month ago. She sounded so positive and hopeful. I didn't know it would be our last conversation.

June 16, 2015 | Registered CommenterLinda Samuels

I was so sorry to hear about Linda Goldfarb. Time is so precious. I think my favorite times are those spent in conversation with friends and family. So often the best moments are the unexpected ones, that pop out of nowhere and surprise me. Perhaps it is my age and stage, but "things" are fading in importance to me and relationships are meaning more and more.

June 16, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterSeana Turner

I am sorry for the loss of your friend, it is a sad reminder that our time has an expiry date, and no amount of "stuff" can change that. It seems we are on the same theme with out blogs this week, I am planning on writing about appreciating the moments, although mine was motivated by a loss it wasn't someone close to me.

June 16, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterJill Robson

What poignant words, Linda, and ones that we should all take heed and remember.

June 16, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterBarry Izsak

Such a beautiful testament to a great colleague. How lovely Linda that you have both photos as well as memories to preserve and honor her great work. Thank you for posting for all to see.

June 16, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterNancy Borg

I am so moved by your outpouring of support. Thank you for being here to share together.

@Seana- I know exactly what you mean about the importance of the relationships we have with others trumping the emphasis on "stuff." Those we love ARE the treasures.

@Jill- I'm sorry to hear about your loss. Email me the link to your post when you're done. I'd love to read more about how you appreciate the moments.

@Barry- Thank you so much. Life is precious and going way too fast.

@Nancy- Linda will be greatly missed. I love that photo of her showing a gentle smile and her readiness to help. That was her 100%.

June 16, 2015 | Registered CommenterLinda Samuels

Truly an amazing post celebrating an amazing colleague. My condolences to you, and others, in this loss.

I love this luggage tag. I love to collect moments too. My favorite keepsake from a trip is a photo with my family from that holiday. I keep it framed where I can see it each morning, celebrating the time together.

May we all know what is most important - relationships!

June 16, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterEllen Delap

Thank you, Ellen for your uplifting words of support. Always glad to meet another "collector" of moments. I know just what you mean about how powerful images and photos can be. My desk and other areas are dotted with photos that remind me of special moments and bonds with my loved ones. When I see their beautiful faces, I'm flooded with warm feelings within.

June 16, 2015 | Registered CommenterLinda Samuels

Linda, thank you so much for sharing your thoughts in this lovely blog. So, so sorry for the loss of Linda and prayers for strength for her loved ones. Maybe it is my age and maybe it is because I have been in the midst of heartbreaking loss, but it has become clear to me that moments are precious. After my husband's long and agonizing illness and finally passing a few months ago, I am a true believer in embracing moments. BTW, I love the luggage tag, need to find one for my suitcase. That is why I travel extensively - memories are the treasures we cling to forever!

June 17, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterJudith Ann Kirk

I didn't know Linda, but I'm sorry for your loss, and that of others who will miss her.

June 17, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterHazel Thornton

A beautiful post, Linda. I was sad to hear of Linda Goldfarb's illness and passing as well. I got to know her when I took over her former position as NAPO-NY's newsletter editor. She was always so helpful and patient with me throughout and after the transition. I also recall her love of animals--she once told me she wanted to come back in her next life as an animal owned by a middle class family because they take such good care of their pets. After taking over the newsletter editor position--I started emailing you for Golden Circle meeting info and that's how I first got to know you. May she always be remembered for her kindness and generous spirit.

June 17, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterStacey Agin Murray

I'm so sorry to learn about Linda's passing. Relationships, friendships, and experiences are so very valuable. I believe these are what help ground us, guide us, and strengthen us throughout our lives. My son, Andy, is in the Navy and posted overseas. I recently received an email from him in which he shared that he treasures his friendships and experiences because those create memories which he can take everywhere. His possessions are always left behind. How true!

June 17, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterDiane Quintana

What a powerful group! Thank you for being here with your loving, supportive thoughts.

@Judith- I am profoundly sorry for your loss. I had no idea what you went through with your husband and his recent passing. When we saw each other for that wonderful dinner, you didn't talk about it. Extra big hugs and love to you. I know what you mean about traveling and collecting those memories. Some of my favorite stories and memories come from my travels.

@Hazel- Your words of support are so appreciated.

@Stacey- Thank you for sharing your memories about Linda. I had forgotten the connection that you were both NAPO-NY newsletter editors. And both of you were fabulous at doing it and very easy to communicate and work with. That's funny what Linda said about coming back as a pet.

@Diane- What a profound realization that Andy shared with you. Our sense of home and who we are is something we carry within wherever we go.

June 17, 2015 | Registered CommenterLinda Samuels

Thank you for a powerful reminder, Linda. I'm sorry to learn about the passing of your friend and colleague.

I love that collectible moments aren't limited to special occasions, but happen every day if we are open to seeing them - whether it's laughter shared with someone special or simply savoring a warm summer breeze on a solitary walk. May you continue to collect many more!

July 3, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterJanet Barclay

Thank you, Janet for your words of support. It's still hard for me to believe that Linda has passed away. Very surreal.

Those "collectible" moments are there all the time. Sometimes we just need to slow ourselves down enough to be present enough to experience them. Now that's the type of collection that never gets to large, right?

July 3, 2015 | Registered CommenterLinda Samuels

It's interesting that I found myself back here only a week after blogging about The Passage of Time. I included a TED Talk video in my post which really emphasizes what you are saying here.

August 16, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterJanet Barclay

Janet- I just went to your post and watched John Coyle's TedTalk that you referenced. It's absolutely amazing. I was in tears. So inspiring to hear about experiential time and living life to the fullest. WOW! Thank you for sharing that one. I encourage others to listen too (just click on Janet's link).

August 17, 2015 | Registered CommenterLinda Samuels

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