Monday, March 17, 2014

Look to this day

Look to this day, for it is life, the very life of life.

In its brief course lie all the realities and truths of existence;
the joy of growth, the splendor of action, the glory of power.

For yesterday is but a memory,
and tomorrow is only a vision;

but today well lived makes every yesterday a memory of happiness
and every tomorrow a vision of hope.

Look well, therefore, to this day.

-ancient Sanskrit poem

Yesterday is connected today as today is connected to tomorrow. However, the most important day is today as it the product of yesterday and the determinant of tomorrow. Be careful because with the blink of an eye, that day is gone and we can't have it back so make today count. Today, I changed up my life a little. I worried less about checking things off of my to-do list (ugh…too many things) and focused more on the little moments that matter most throughout the day. You know, the moments that we get to spend with people we love to build our relationship with them.

Today, I held on a little bit longer to my darling baby boy, basked him in extra love, gave him a few extra kisses, and play with him until he fell asleep. Each moment with my son today is a chance to leave an imprint on his little mind. It is a quick fleeting moment to let him know how much he is undoubtedly loved.. He may not fully understand what is going on right now, but I believe he can feel all of the love from smiles and touch (there is such power with touch). Now is the opportunity for me to build a relationship with him for tomorrow.

Today, I focused on holding meaningful conversations with my husband and parents. I caught up on their thoughts, feelings, accomplishments, and goals to keep communication fresh and open. We shared stories and laughter, which make these moments so memorable. My husband, baby and I went on a Sunday stroll and enjoyed the beautiful warm weather around the neighborhood.  We talked about lots of different things. We got excited about our upcoming trip in a few days. My favorite conversation was about the goals we have together because they are so simple yet spectacular :) mainly surrounding travel.

Today, I read a letter from my brother who is on a church mission in Cambodia about the things he and his companion are experiencing in their services. We write back and forth every Sunday. I internalized his words. I was sad when he expressed his struggles and happy to hear success and learning. I sent more love and positive energy his way to let him know that I care so much about him.

Lastly, AJ and I made a goal this year to improve relationships with friends and build new ones. On Friday, we went on a double date with some friends from college days, Rebekah and Anthony to grab frozen yogurt (the cool flavors and toppings are to die for!) and played Taboo and Heads Up (such hilarious games!). It was a memorable time to say the least.

In doing all of this, I realized how much these relationships mean to me. They make me feel so grateful that Heavenly Father has put all of these amazing people in my path. Out of the millions of people out there, our paths were chosen to have serendipitously crossed. I don't know where we're all headed next, but we're better people for having known each other now. It's amazing how He knows me so well as to provide just the right people to share these tender moments with. I believe that my relationship with my Heavenly Father through prayer and choices I make daily allow me this opportunity to have great relationships with others. And for that, I am truly grateful.

This quote reminded me that each day on this earth is a finite gift from Heavenly Father specifically granted for us to become better people. We must focus on what matters most to us and treat it like so. For me, the most cherished treasures in my life are my Heavenly Father, my family and my friends. With that said, it's pertinent that I work on these relationships as best I can. Each day spent with them is another opportunity to grow and love them even more. They are instrumental in building my yesterday of memories and tomorrow of visions. Furthermore, look to the beauty of the beauty around you, look to the blessings you been granted, look to what makes you happy. You'll find the results are countless. I hope that you find what matters most to you and treasure them today.


  1. Martina, I absolutely enjoyed this post! Thank you for reminding us all to take in this day. Your photos are wonderful. :)

    1. Stephanie! Thanks so much! You are too kind. I'm glad you enjoyed it :)

  2. How wonderful. I love that you are spending more time in having meaningful relationships with your son, husband and friends. When we were dating in college, my hubby and I loved playing Taboo with friends!

    Thanks for sharing with #SmallVictoriesSunday #linky 11. Hope you join again next week! Pinning and sharing.

    1. Thanks Tanya! It was really good to read the others as well. We love taboo!!!

  3. Wonderful post. It's a little painful to think about how much time has been lost. ♡

    1. Cassidy, sometimes, I wish time would just stand still esp. with the really awesome moments…but then there are so many great things (for the most part) in the next hour that it evens out. I only hope it will keep getting better and better.

    2. You really are an inspiration. Thanks for that! I hope you don't mind, but I nominated you for the Liebster Award. It may have been a little against the rules, since you've been blogging so long, but I don't care. I love your blog and I just wanted to give you a little shout out. If you choose to participate, the details are on my page :)

    3. Wow! Cassidy. Thank you so much for nominating me. I just read up on it and feel so humbled for your kindness. Thank you!!!