What memories am I going to create today?
So far in this series on creating intensity in your day we’ve discussed brightening people’s days and being grateful.
Today we look at memories! Specifically, GREAT memories.
We all have memories. Good and bad.
But, do we intentionally set out in the morning to create great memories?
I’m guessing most of you are like me. You set out each morning looking at what you need to do during the day. What tasks need to be completed. What you’ll have for lunch. What meeting or sporting event you’ll be attending in the evening.
You don’t think about making memories.
What if you did? What if you set out each morning with the intent to make great memories?
I’m asking myself the same thing. How would the day go? How would I be intentional about memories?
Sure it’s a bit easier when we’re on a vacation.
We plan some of those vacation memories. At least we plan for the opportunity to create memories. Trips to the lake, to Washington, D.C., to Florida, to the mountains, etc. Our expectations for memories are on high alert during those times.
But what about during your normal daily routine?
What could possibly be memorable about a typical day in the life?
Well, here’s a picture of one of mine. I love this picture. It wasn’t staged. It wasn’t intentional. But it does accurately depict my wife and sons.
This is a great memory.
It still isn’t something planned. It is a memory I was on alert for that evening. And I believe that is something we can all plan. We can plan to be alert to memories as they happen. We can “help” things along when we are looking for a way to create a memory.
I love going to baseball games. (I don’t do it often enough. I need to plan better.)
Does planning for the baseball game constitute planning to create a memory? Not necessarily, but it can certainly create a situation and opportunity!
Funny things happen at sporting events.
I specifically remember going to a Detroit Tigers game a few years ago with my dad and my sons. It rained most of the 2+ hours we drove to the game. During the game we roasted and toasted. We sat in the blazing hot sun for hours. I have absolutely no idea which team won the game. I do remember it began storming immediately after we got back in the car to drive home.
Great memory? Maybe. Certainly something I’ve remembered and my boys remember.
What great memories do you have? Do you have even a tiny bit of intention to create a memory as you go about your regular day? Let me know!
This post is one in a series of posts centered around the “7 Questions Guaranteed to Create Intensity in Your Day” found in the book 20,000 Days and Counting by Robert D. Smith. (Find the 1st post HERE.)