There are so many quotes being shared on Facebook every day. All kind of quotes. Many of them are really great, they sound good, they look cool. Many of them are really good. But sometimes when I stop to think about them, it makes me wonder if they really are true. Take this one for example:
“Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take – but by the moments that take our breath away.”
It sounds really beautiful. When I read it, I think of those moments that take my breath away, a beautiful sunset, looking up in the night sky at the amazing Aurora Borealis, or the first time I got to hold my baby. Maybe for you it is something else, the fist time you met your loved one, or seeing your company clinch a very important contract that you worked on for months. Those, and many more, are moments that really take our breath away. But are they what life is measured by? For sure they add to life, they are very special and important moments, but I don’t think they are what life should be measured by.
Those moments are like the icing on the cake. But it takes a lot more than icing to make a great cake. It takes a lot more than great moments to make a fabulous life. I would rather measure life by what I do daily, by the habits I have developed and the decisions I’ve made in order to get the life I want. The moments are wonderful, don’t get me wrong, but they are not going to last if you don’t have a strong foundation in life. If you don’t build your life on principles, hard work, honesty, integrity, love, passion, you may still have some moments that take your breath away, but most likely they will be short lived, few and far between, and not what should be used as a measure for the quality of your life.
I’d rather have a life that takes my breath away, not just moments, wouldn’t you. Celebrate the victories, big and small, enjoy the journey, be happy, have a fantastic life, relish the moments. Just make sure that when you measure your life, use more than the moments, use the whole journey, the entire process.