My daughter, Zoey, rests her forehead against the Plexiglas pane of the plane window beside her. Outside, the air is frigid, causing each tiny breath she exhales to leave a piece of itself behind. As if by magic—and much to Zoey’s delight—small, white halos crystallize before her eyes, only to fade as quickly as they’ve appeared.
This simple wonder keeps her occupied, helping the minutes pass, until the engine of the plane rumbles, announcing that our departure will soon take place.
At the sound, Zoey turns to me, her eyes dancing.
“We’re almost there!” she announces in a voice loud enough that surely all the other passengers can hear.
I can’t help but smile.
“Really?” I ask, pointing to the unmoving ground outside the window. “How’s that possible? We haven’t even left yet!”
She gives me a look that suggests I have absolutely no clue what I’m talking about. Continue reading “Week 52: Back to the Heart of it All | Everyday Nostalgia”
#rememberreminder: Be Kind
Because our world is crazy, confusing, and complicated enough,
our Remember Reminder today is simple:
Kindness is such an amazing thing: it’s free, easy, and can make all the difference in the world to someone who really needs it. And since you never really know who needs it most, it seems like the easiest solution is to be kind to everyone. Continue reading “Remember Reminder #10: Be Kind”
#rememberreminder: Say Thank You
Even though today’s Remember Reminder — Say Thank You — is probably one of the first things you remember being reminded to do as a child, it very well might be one of the most powerful and important lessons you’ve ever learned.
After extensive research back in 2007, author Robert Emmons found that expressing gratitude — our emotion that that relates to our ability to feel and express thankfulness and appreciation — has the ability to improve our mental, physical, and relational well-being. Being grateful can also impact our overall experience of happiness, and these effects tend to be long-lasting. This makes sense, because we all know how wonderful it makes us feel to say “thank you” to someone. It’s powerful to let someone know that they made a difference in your life, no matter how big or small their kindness or generosity or thoughtfulness may have been. Continue reading “Remember Reminder #7: Say Thank You”
#rememberreminder: Wear Sunscreen
You can picture it: It’s the dog days of summer, and there you are, all suited up and ready to hit the pool. You grab your towel, goggles, and maybe even your Walkman (or maybe your Discman, your Zune, your iPod, or your iPhone — depending on what generation you grew up in) because a day at the pool isn’t complete without a splashin’ good set of tunes. You run out the front door to gather your friends, and just before it slams behind you, you hear your parents’ voices following not far behind:
“Remember to wear sunscreen!” Continue reading “Remember Reminder #6: Wear Sunscreen”
Today, remember to believe…
Believe that miracles are possible.
Believe in magic.
Believe your dreams will come true.
Believe you are enough.
Believe in the good of others.
Believe that everything happens for a reason.
Believe in the beauty of wonder.
Believe you are right where you need to be.
Believe in the person you want to become.
Believe something good is always around the corner.
Believe in the power of love.
Above all, today, remember to believe in yourself.
Tell Us: What do you believe in?
We post our Remember Reminder series on the blog here every Friday morning, as well as on our Instagram and Facebook accounts. Just search the hashtag #rememberreminder to find us! And if you have any of your own post-it note Remember Reminders that we should know about, make your own and use the hashtag so we can share the love!
At the The Nostalgia Diaries, our goal is to help you simplify, enhance, and engage your lives by focusing on the most important things: remembering, appreciating, believing, and becoming. It’s all about celebrating the past to create better days today.
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