Motivational Moments: Take time to pause: Be grateful for the beauty in the journey that you’re on now

stockvault-cloudy-on-highway138272Today was another day of focusing on what’s most important in my life. I do this so often to reflect on the beautiful things around me that I may get to busy throughout my week to notice. For instance, sometimes I forget how wonderful my family is and how patient they are with me. I am a very busy person sometimes with all of my writing and working that there are times when I have to just pause and thank God for all of my wonderful blessings.

I find that it is very important to look around and be appreciative of what you already have. Of course working on goals to better your life is wonderful, but never forget what you’ve already been blessed with. I’m not saying that you should settle, but be grateful for the beauty in the journey that you’re on now. Stopping to smell the roses is always wise.

I remember not so long ago working with a person who decided to quit their full time job and start a business. This business was one that she worked on night and day and even on weekends. There was never any time to celebrate with friends or even spend time with family. She missed a lot of family time and before she knew it, her family was older and had families of their own. The bad part about this she once shared with me, was that she didn’t really have to work as hard as she did. She came from a very wealthy family and starting her own business was just something that she wanted to prove she could do. But in proving she was this great business woman, she missed out on being this great mother, wife and friend. Sometimes you don’t get second chances.

On your journey of life, remember to stop and spend time with friends and loved ones. Because time waits for no one. And before you know it, your time could be gone!

And as always, stay focused, stay determined, and keep striving for greatness.

Penny Jones-Richardson is a published author and life coach. She can be reached via her website at or email at

May 28, 2015
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