How Do You Measure It?

Last week I celebrated my birthday. It was a memorable day with my family. One thing I have done on my birthday in recent years is get up early and reflect on my life's events-successes and failures. I spend some time thinking about what I have not yet accomplished, seen or experienced.

Instead of my list getting shorter every year, it seems to increase exponentially. I have found that the more I travel, the more I want to travel. The more I spend quality time with good friends the more opportunities I seek to do it again. I have the incredible privilege of spending a significant amount of time with my wife and children-but each year brings a renewed desire to find myself with them even more (and one of my daughters is a teenager!!!).

During the weekend I had written down a quote I saw at our local library that I had long forgotten. The minute I saw it I remembered how it had kept me grounded and "in the moment" on many occasions. The quote is:

Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away.
The next time I start measuring my successes and failures, I think I'll use this quote as a guide.

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