Anna Quindlen,  Inspirational quotes,  relationships

Glittering magical moments

“Life is made up of moments, small pieces of glittering mica in a long stretch of gray cement. It would be wonderful if they came to us unsummoned, but particularly in lives as busy as the ones most of us lead now, that won’t happen. We have to teach ourselves how to make room for them, to love them, and to live, really live.” ~Anna Quindlen, A Short Guide to a Happy Life

When we list the highlights summer, we might focus on the major milestones of the season — weddings, graduation parties, school reunions, or family vacations. Likewise, when we chronicle our whole lives in retrospect, we tend to list the big events and achievements first.

But all said and done, the moments I treasure most are the “small pieces of glittering mica” that Anna Quindlen mentions in today’s quote.

For instance, my favorite parenthood memories include lazy summer days at a local park with my little boy, years ago, watching freight cars roll across the train tracks … And the evenings my husband and I sat outside and talked until the sun dipped below the horizon on Lake Michigan. What moments in your life shine brightest? Are you making room for more of them? ~CL

Throughout my career, I've worked as a book production editor, travel magazine editor, features writer, and weekly newspaper columnist. My award-winning lifestyles features and essays have appeared in many national magazines and anthologies, including Newsweek, Reader's Digest, The Christian Science Monitor, Writer's Digest, Victoria, Better Homes & Gardens, Bella Grace, and more. My weekly Sunday "Life Lines" column ran for 14 years in The Daily Tribune (Royal Oak, MI) and won a First Place (Local Columns) award from the Michigan Press Association. My essay collection, Writing Home, includes 93 previously published columns and essays focusing on parenthood and family life.

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