Life · Motherhood

Today Matters

A decade can go by so quickly, that’s why what you do today matters, because believe me when I tell you that the next time you look back and reflect it could be 10 years from now.

You guys, I started this blog on December 10, 2010. I could not believe it when I realized 10 years had already passed. As cliche or cheesy as it sounds, it really does feel like it was just yesterday. When I started this blog it was called Thoughts in my Heart, and then eventually I changed it to Purse Meets Diaper Bag because having kids and trying to merge the woman in me with this new mommy role of mine was a major life change for me. Probably the biggest one ever.

As I sat in bed a few nights ago, I decided to go back and read some of my earlier posts from 2010. Then I jumped to Nov 2011 and January 2015 – the months my daughters were born. I can’t even describe to you the joy it brought me to have the gift of having those feelings and emotions documented. If you asked me last week what time our youngest, Elysse, was born; I would not have been able to give you an answer. My best guess would have been around 1pm. Well, when I went back to read my posts from January 2015, I smiled when I saw that I had actually documented the time of her birth (it was 2:49pm) on a post I wrote. I had even documented Celeste’s first reaction when she met her baby sister. What a gem to have that information. I spent some time reading more posts I had written and jumped to 2016. That year and through 2018 were two of the hardest years for me as a mom and as a woman and you can see it in the posts I wrote. It’s hard to relieve and remember, but it’s also so important and valuable to have at hand and learn from. Hindsight is great, but moving forward I want to have the foresight to make better choices.

So why “Today Matters”? Well, it’s actually the title of the book I’m currently reading. If you haven’t read it or heard of it, I highly recommend it. It’s written by bestselling author John C. Maxwell. His words are gold. Take this for example from the opening pages of his book:

John C. Maxwell’s book Today Matters

Imagine if we each woke up and filled our mind and heart with those words? What a better attitude we would have going into our day! And yes, I know that life happens (it’s not meant to be easy, it’s meant to be hard) and there’s disappointments, hardships, turmoil, sadness. That doesn’t mean you have to be negative and critical every single day. We have a choice. We get to choose our attitude. We get to choose the energy we feed our heart and soul.

It’s hard to pickup a book like that in the morning or any time of day and continue to be grumpy.

Here’s a few of the quotes from the book that I want to leave you with. The moral of this post being…you can’t change the past and the time will go by, regardless if you do something or do nothing. What you do today matters…they are the seeds you are planting for a better tomorrow. 🙂

* People create success in their life by focusing on today. It’s too late for yesterday and you can’t depend on tomorrow.

*Hoping for a good future without investing in today is like a farmer waiting for a crop without ever planting any seed.

*You will never change your life until you change something you do daily.

*Time is an equal opportunity employer, but how we treat time is not equal.

*There are two ingredients necessary to make every day a masterpiece: making good decisions and discipline.

Ah, I could go on. But that’s all for today.

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