Life is filled with many moments we don’t want to forget. We want to hold on to them and relish in their memories for years to come. But we must be careful not to miss the very moments we’re trying to capture.

A picture is worth a thousand words. And much more than mere words, personal photos stir deep and profound memories.

It’s easy to forget. And walking down memory lane feeds our soul in countless ways.

It only makes sense that we would then try to capture as many of these meaningful moments of life as we can.

But sometimes in our efforts to hold on to the moment we miss the actual moment we’re trying to remember.

For instance, we get so busy trying to take photos at a performance, ceremony, or celebration that we miss participating in the actual event.

Or perhaps we miss the full joy of a sunrise or a moment of play with our kids by trying to take a picture of it.

A photo without the actual lived experience of the moment does little good.

Life is meant to be lived to the full. And all the better if we can capture meaningful moments along the way.

But we miss out on the fullness of life when we spend more energy trying to capture the moment rather than simply living in the moment.

And, to be sure, we have deeper memories to share when we stay fully present.

Take many photos as you live life and enjoy looking back through them time and again. But don’t miss the very moments you’re trying to capture. A moment lived to the full is priceless compared to a thousand photos of an unlived life.

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