Investing in Memories

In 2012, my wife and I decided to be more mindful about investing our time in things that matter.  For example, we decided to start traveling to places and doing things we had only talked about until then.  We also decided to be more intentional about investing our time to create lasting memories with friends and family.

We started doing this with my wife’s sister, by meeting her husband and their 2 young boys in Disneyland in 2012 and 2013 and visiting them at their home in Arizona in 2014.  Each event was filled with a lot of laughs, goofing around, and time spent together.

Last week, they were in Oregon with us during Spring Break and we again spent time goofing around and enjoying each other’s company.  One thing that surprised me about this particular visit was how often our nephews said, “Do you remember when…?”  Their memories ranged from something we did a few years ago to something we had done just an hour prior.  Some of the events they remembered seemed so small and insignificant, I was wondering why they would even remember that; but regardless, they remembered, and wanted to know that we remembered too.

I mentioned this to my wife, as we talked about our decisions back in 2012 to be intentional about investing our time in making memories with loved ones.  It appears that our efforts are paying off.

It’s not terribly difficult to be intentional about investing our time in making memories.  Sure, there may be some monetary investment to get to the same place geographically, but once you’re together, making memories, especially with young people, is not that difficult.  We’ve found the following simple things work well for creating memories:

  • Spend time doing things where you’re interacting together.
  • Give others your attention by putting away technology and focusing on what you’re doing and who you’re with.
  • Goof off, be silly, laugh, and enjoy the time together.

What friends or family members of yours would you like to begin making lasting memories with?  Identify who they are, and make plans to begin creating opportunities to do so today.  The returns of lasting memories that will be shared for a lifetime are priceless.


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