When I was a kid, I loved it when anyone in my family went on a trip because there was a chance they would bring back a souvenir for me. Even receiving something simple as a sea shell gave me wonder as I held it up to my ear and imagined I was there on the sandy beach listening to the waves roll in. I hope we never lose our youthful creativity and imagination. It truly is in the small and simple things that great memories are made. Our memories are more precious than anything money can buy. We can buy every thingamajig and whatnots, but still have nothing of value to show for our journey. What are the true treasures of our lives; the ones that can’t be stored on a shelf, or eventually sold at a garage sale?
I think it ironic that souvenirs of today can be purchased and shipped right to our mailbox. We don’t need to set foot on a plane, train, or automobile. We can skip the whole journey with one quick click of the mouse. Sure we’ll miss the long lines, scratchy linens and the occasional indigestion from free continental breakfasts, but it’s not the same is it? And yet, when we do take those long coveted vacations we search fervently to find the perfect souvenirs to remind us of our adventures. Of course, eventually they are shoved onto the shelf with the rest of our long forgotten nostalgic knickknacks, or donated to the dump. Our journey is more than collecting trinkets and lost memories collecting dust!
Let us remember to treasure the trip more than the trials and trinkets. When our life’s journey comes to an end, the only souvenirs we can take home are the ones found upon the shelves of our hearts so let us make time to dust off those shelves and make room for new memories; precious and priceless memories to be shared, not shelved. When our friends, family and children walk along the beaches of our lives looking for precious treasures to cherish what will they hear when they hold their ears to our hearts? I hope they hear waves of our joy and exhilaration rolling in. Our desired destinations are waiting and worth it, but don’t forget to enjoy the journey and make the most of every moment.