May 19, 2011 Things That Matter Most #Inspiration Tweet Previous Next Sign in or sign up to comment. 31 thoughts ← Previous 1 2 Next → Tina says… 05/19/2011 So needed this reminder today. And, I pinned it :) Reply 0 Replies Sign in or sign up to comment. jen shears says… 05/20/2011 thanks, Ali! :D Reply 0 Replies Sign in or sign up to comment. Patty O says… 05/20/2011 your timing was perfect. i needed this reminder; especially today. thanks ;) Reply 0 Replies Sign in or sign up to comment. MARIA says… 05/20/2011 ALWAYS A GREAT REMINDER. Reply 0 Replies Sign in or sign up to comment. pat sloan says… 05/20/2011 excellent, you are an inspiration Reply 0 Replies Sign in or sign up to comment. Steph says… 05/20/2011 While the kiddos are napping, I checked into your blog today after a LONG...too long absence! I think it was early January while I was finishing up my DD #1. And, what a day to do so. Your words are always inspiring and today's rang so true and made me smile at the recent changes I've made and happy that you will surely inspire others to stop and think today. I'm newly back to work after maternity leave with my twins. I made the huge choice to take a cut in pay to work a 4-day week instead of returning full-time. With 4 kids, 3 of whom are age 2 and under, life gets so unbelievably busy at times that it can be too easy to lose that focus. I am so blessed that I have an understanding boss who allowed me to put family first. The past year or so of my life has changed my views on what is important considerably. Your simple post today sums up that which I now relate to more than ever before. Finding the time to do it all has been a struggle I've always dealt with. To a fault, there were always days when I would look at my clean counter and empty laundry room and then breathe a sigh of relief that I was "almost caught up". Yet, that always came at a cost to my girls. Had I read them enough bedtime stories each night? Taken the extra 20 minutes to let the dishes sit to go outside after supper to just blow bubbles in the yard? Hmmm...many times I sadly knew it wasn't the laundry or the cleaning that was suffering. Then almost a year and a half ago, it all changed. Having a life-threatening disorder in my 7th month of a twin pregnancy a little over a year ago and having preemie babies who lived in the NICU far too long while we juggled our other 2 kids between grandparents changed my life forever. When you are with your 3 pound babies, you are worried about your other children and when you are with your other children, you are worried about something happening when you aren't at the hospital tending to your babies. At the end of the day, there is so much stuff that just doesn't matter. Life now is different. I let the laundry slide because it dirties itself faster than I will ever be able to wash it. The house will always have a mile long to-do list, but those living in it matter more than keeping it spotless. I do what I can and the rest waits. Time is so precious, no matter who you are and what is pulling you away from what matters. Thank you for this post today as it is an incredible reminder to all of us Ali, that you really need to make a conscious choice every day to live a life with meaning. Thank you for your inspiration...I've missed it! Reply 0 Replies Sign in or sign up to comment. ← Previous 1 2 Next → Sign in or sign up to comment.