What Really Matters?

All you have to do is watch the news for a few minutes to be reminded of the difficulties that many people around the world are facing right now. And with everything that’s going on, it can be easy to feel overwhelmed or discouraged.

Which is why I wanted to take a minute to share this quote from the book One Month to Live:

“When all is said and done, relationships are all that really matter. It doesn’t matter how much money we have, where we live, or how many beautiful toys we’ve collected. None of these can comfort us, console us, cry with us, or love us. Our investment in the people we care about is the only legacy that has the power to endure beyond our lifetime.”

I’m thankful for the reminder about what really matters. And I’m thankful for the inspiration I’ve gotten from many of you who’ve joined me in “My One Month“.

I loved hearing from Joyful, who commented on one of my posts and said, “This past week has been special for me, as I’ve embraced all of life and said ‘yes’ to impromptu opportunities.” She also reminded me about Tim McGraw’s song, “Live Like You Were Dying“. It talks about making the most of your time, and is definitely worth a listen…

Ronel at Mommy Accountability has taken “My One Month” a step further and is posting about it almost daily. She recently commented, “If I were to leave today, I know my son would remember the last three days for the rest of his life. We took time as a family this weekend instead of getting wrapped up in running errands and cleaning the house. I finally realized the time I took to teach my son new things was worth more than me taking time to get a pedicure. Life is so short that we need to stop focusing on the things we can’t take with us and start focusing on the values, beliefs and memories we will leave behind.”

Thanks for sharing, Ronel! I’ve been having a lot of fun with my kids lately too, but I’ll tell you about that in my next post.

And here’s something else that inspired me:

Even though Wendi at Everyday Miracles didn’t write this post as a part of “My One Month”, I think it fits perfectly. I love the way she describes “the journey” and the choices she made.

If you want more inspiration, you can click to find links to all the great posts that have been written so far for”My One Month”. If you haven’t commented and shared your thoughts yet, don’t leave today without doing that. I know there are a lot of “silent visitors” out there and I’d love to hear from you. How has thinking about all of this affected you? Have you made any decisions or changes as a result?

And whether or not you’re participating, let’s all take time today to look for someone who may need a helping hand, a phone call, or a visit. You might be the very one who can keep that person from feeling hopeless and give them the encouragement they need during hard times.

“The measure of a life, after all, is not its duration, but its donation.” –Corrie Ten Boom


  1. Hey Genny, I’d never watched that video before, only heard the CD – Great!I think the number one thing for me during this challenge is choosing life over fear. As I’ve been embracing each day, I want to live it with passion. I’ve also noticed how ‘me’ is taking a backseat to ‘others’. I’m surrendering my plans each day to meet the needs of others. That’s got to be a good thing too :o)Thanks again for helping me see what really matters,Joy

  2. Great post…thanks for sharing that video! It is so hard not to get caught up with the schedules and demands of the day…great reminder!-Sandy Toes

  3. I’m sure you receive awards all the time, but I have something for you on my blog today.Your blog is one of my favorites!

  4. Wow, very encouraging :) We learned this very lesson, last December when my Dad died unexpectedly. Nothing else mattered, just relationships. But is is sad how easily the worries of life grab a hold of you & make your priorities & worries all out of whack. Thank you for posting :)

  5. You make such a good point. I wish there were some way to get myself to remember that when I am all wrapped up in details that don’t matter. And I love that song too!Carrie

  6. Thanks for introducing me to “One Month to Live” !! This has been an amazing experience for me… Thanks again!!

  7. Very inspiring. Thank you, as always, for the reminder. Sometimes events or sudden news really puts things into perspective. It’s happened to me this week. The world already looks different.

  8. I have to go get my boys from school in a minute, but I am going to call my grandma tonight, just to say “Hi!” Thanks for the inspiration.

  9. okay, I tried to leave this comment a couple times…sorry if you get it more than once.Thanks for stopping by my blog today. I am new to blogging…and although I’ve only been following your blog for about a week…it is one of my favorites. It seems you are inspired by some of the same things I am…so reading your blog warms my heart. Thanks for sharing.

  10. Hi Genny Friend,Tonight I have added a post for your challenge. It may look different than most but it is what was on my heart.I am sure I will add another post or two before your challenge is over on Oct 27.Blessings, Cindy

  11. This is so wonderful and I am going to join in. That quote from the book hits home doesn’t it. So many of us have it all backward. I know I am guilty of that.

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