Saturday, June 29, 2013

We Spend a Lot of Time on a Few Great Things.

Thank you Apple for that amazing line from your most recent commercial.  Every time the ad comes on I wait on the edge of the couch for it and I almost get teary every time your narrator says it. You better be careful.  Bob Costas is liable to steal it and use it in an equally touching and moving Olympic Games human interest story of how Russia's most thrilling new gymnast has trekked back and forth to the ramshackle gym in her Siberian village for ten years to bring home the gold.  The line is that good. It's truly amazing.

And so, so true.

We spend a lot of time on a few great things.

If you let yourself get really contemplative it's one of those lines that can take your breath away a little bit.  I've found myself thinking about that sentiment a lot in the last three weeks--ever since I first heard it.

Yes.  I've spent a lot of time thinking about something I heard in an Apple commercial.

But really, it's so true and sometimes when the opposite is true it's convicting in a crucial way.
What are the few great things that I spend a lot of time on?
What are the millions of unimportant things that I spend a lot of time on?

I want my list of the 'few great things' to be......

1.  My faith.
2.  My marriage.
3.  Georgia.
4.  Strong relationships with people I see on a regular basis.

And of course my list of a million unimportant things that I currently spend a lot of time on but I don't want to includes--but is definitely not limited to......

1.  Obsessing about losing five pounds....or ten....
2.  Dust in my house and other various cleaning obsessions.
3.  The computer.
4.  Other people that I have NO control over.

So what are yours?  What are the few great things that you want to spend a lot of time on?  A few, just a few.

I think you've heard it before. Quality, not quantity--when it comes to people, relationships, experiences, and everything in between.

Oh Apple.  You make amazing products and you challenge us to be better people.  All at the same time.  What can't you do?

On a semi-unrelated note.............

I made Georgia take a walk in the rain with me yesterday.  She didn't like it. We did it all the time growing up and loved it.  I'm confident one day she'll appreciate it.  For now though--she just kept begging to go back home.  


  1. What a great quote to ponder on. I'm going to write that one down! Thanks for the inspiration.

    1. That Apple! They can get you from all sides can't they? Thanks for stopping by!

  2. My son doesn't like being in the rain either. He's always wanting an umbrella to go outside.

    I spend a lot of time trying to figure out what to cook for dinner. If I pre-plan I tend to not want to fix what I planned earlier.

    1. Yes! I hear you on the pre-planning. Why can't our brains just work with our well intended organization? :)

  3. I love your list of "few great things"! I love this post as I have been thinking about where I waste time lately, wondering how to recognize those things and make it stop so I can put my time and energy into things I truly care about!

  4. You got some really cute pictures, even though she didn't want to do it. :)

    I love that quote, too! I think my list would be similar to yours. Found you on SITS - so glad I found your blog! My husband and I are hoping to begin the adoption process soon (domestic), and I'm always happy to find more blogs that write about adoption! :)

    Have a happy Monday!


    1. Oh Rachel! I love to meet soon-to-be-adoptive moms! It's maybe the best club to be a part of. :) Let me know if you ever have any questions and are looking to compare different experiences. I NEVER get sick of talking about it!

  5. Visiting from SITS, happy to have found you! This post is so cute, love the rain boots!

  6. Ooh! I really have to think about the things I should be spending more time on. And I have to get rid of the things that I spend TOO much time on. Yep. Good stuff. And I need to appreciate the rain more. When you are focused on the good time you are having, the rain is a friend, and not a nuisance, I guess. Good stuff!

  7. I absolutely love how you got in the picture, as moms we are like phantom ghosts who saw it all but are never seen LOL. I always invision running in the rain but never make the time or fuss about the extra laundry it'll cause, sweet post :D

    stopping in from sits this morning

    1. Yes--the ghost moms! I've become a fan of the self-timer on my camera so I'm not so mysterious. :)

  8. Hey there! I just found you through the SITS linkup!

    It's so hard to choose just a few key things to focus on, isn't it? Now that I have to stop and think I'm trying to prioritize in my head. :) This is a great exercise. haha. Probably, my relationships with friends, making my new house a home, and continuing to work on myself while accepting who/where I am right now.

    1. All great goals--and such hard ones even though they pop to our head so easy right?

  9. Those pictures are great! I loved walking in the rain as a kid, too. And I love the boots! I absolutely agree, especially as I get older, that it's best to focus on quality over quantity. (visiting from the SITS post on FB) :)

  10. But she got to wear those amazing boots! Great post. We definitely all could think about this a bit more.

  11. I love the pictures, especially the ones of the both of you. Stopping by from #SITSummer.


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