The quote “we do not remember days, we remember moments” zooms in on the importance of meaningful experiences in our lives. Our memories are defined by moments we experience, rather than the mundane details of daily life: Like we do a lot of laundry in a lifetime, but we remember a single kiss or the feelings long after kind words. And it is these moments, whether positive or negative, that stick with us and shape our views of the world.

From a practical perspective, this quote serves as a reminder to make the most of our time and a nudge to seek out experiences that give our days meaning. It can also prompt us to reflect on the moments that have shaped our lives and consider how we want to create more of the positively memorable ones in the future.

Creating more meaningful moments is easier than you might imagine and it sure doesn’t have to break budgets. Here are a few ideas to consider…

  • Quality time with people you love — family and friends — will always impact lasting memories. Plus, the time together can strengthen relationships.
  • Exploring new places can be as simple as going to a local library or museum, or driving or taking a bus to a new town to stroll around on a Saturday afternoon. No plane ticket destinations are necessary, though train trips can be very memorable! And, don’t ignore the memories created from spending a few hours by a stream trying to float leaf boats without capsizing them!  
  • Helping others, volunteering and contributing to a cause can be a fulfilling experience in indescribable ways. It’s a win-win for all.
  • Really try to be present in the moment. I know it sounds over-said — but trust me a child remembers the feelings of hanging with a cool adult long after they’ll remember a toy they had and discarded. 
  • Traditions need to move up in the importance ranking. Find something that you can do weekly, monthly or annually with loved ones and stick with it!
  • Challenging yourself to learn or try something might not only create a sense of accomplishment — it might also lead to meaningful experiences
  • Practice gratitude: Focusing on the positive aspects of our lives and expressing gratitude for them can help us appreciate the meaningful moments we experience.

Creating meaningful moments is subjective and unique to each individual. It’s important to identify what brings us joy and fulfillment, and actively pursue those experiences whenever and as often as we can.  

I’m @DianGriesel aka @SilverDisobedience A Perception Analyst who shares my Daily Meditations for other Ageless, Passionate & Curious People.  More info in my bio & my website.