Tiny Wisdom: Make Your Moments Count

“The bad news is time flies. The good news is you’re the pilot.” –Michael Altshuler

I am writing this from a plane with plans to publish it later. I decided less than 3 days ago to make the 3,000-mile trip home.

At first, my mother questioned if it was necessary—after all, my grandmother will be okay, despite her recent hospitalization. My brother said it was awesome and sort of surreal to learn I’d be visiting in just a few days—not in a matter of months, as is usually the case.

This is a big part of why I’m coming back again. I have two valid reasons: I want to visit my grandmother, and spontaneity is just plain cool.

Since I was able to find an affordable flight, I saw no reason not to reschedule some appointments and head back east, only a month after my last trip.

The truth is I would have come even if I didn’t find a great deal, because this, right here, is what I work for. Not shoes, or dinners out, or an excessive number of magazines—though I enjoy those things, too.

This trip (and others like it) is one of the best uses of my time and money.

I haven’t always thought this way. There was a time when I only visited once or twice each year, even though I said I valued family above all else. I assumed there would plenty of time for that–and it felt wisest to save my pennies.

I am by no means wealthy, but I’ve finally realized my pennies are only as valuable as the priorities they allow me to honor. We never get to know how much time we have left; we only know we can choose what we do with the time we have now.

We can easily let fear and a scarcity mindset talk us out of putting our money where our hearts are.

Or we can ask ourselves: What really matters to me? And how can I best use my resources to honor that today?

We can do a lot in this world with our time and money–but only after we decide what it means for each of us as individuals to make our moments count.

Photo by h.koppdelaney

About Lori Deschene

Lori Deschene is the founder of Tiny Buddha and Recreate Your Life Story, an online course that helps you let go of the past and live a life you love. Her latest bookTiny Buddha's Gratitude Journal, which includes 15 coloring pages, is now available for purchase. For daily wisdom, follow Tiny Buddha on Twitter, Facebook & Instagram..

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  • I enjoyed it. Money doesn’t buy happiness but it does allow you to make choices and gives you options for things like family. Thanks, Lori. =)

  • Melzgster

    love all ur post

  • “I’ve finally realized my pennies are only as valuable as the priorities they allow me to honor.” This is a line that should be memorized by everyone walking on planet earth. Thank you for the on-going wisdom!

  • I was thinking about this very topic this morning when weighing how much money I have against what I want to do with it.  The bottom line is that in the long run spending some time with family members I rarely see is more important than promoting my business. 

    Have a great visit with your grandmother!  She will love that you came back so soon.

  • Jodi

    LOVED this blog, these are words to live by! I too live 3,000 miles away from family and constantly make excuses! It is so important to take the time to figure out what really matters to us as an individual. I love this blog, I can’t say it enough 🙂

  • Rob

    “……spontaneity is just plain cool.”  Greatest thing ever.  Too many people over think things and over analyze till they are scared.  Great thing about choice is if you are not happy with it you can make another one.

  • What a fabulous piece,and so important.  I don’t read much about this topic and it is so crucial to living well.
    All too often we wait until a funeral to take the time off from work and spend the money to ‘visit’ the dead.  How awful is that!  That should be the wake-up call to take the time off, spend the money and visit the living; visit while you can before it’s too late.  I always say if someone hasn’t been a part of my life during the living phase, no need to show up at my funeral. 
    We need to hone in on what’s important to us and go after it, utilizing our resources.  What else are they there for???  Otherwise we’re spinning our wheels, for what?  We must be aware of this ‘For What’.  It’s what helps us live our authentic and meaningful life. 
    Thank you for this post.    


  • I love it when I read something that makes me want to give the writer a high 5……very wise indeed.

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  • Wow…this really resonated with me too:  “my pennies are only as valuable as the priorities they allow me to honor.”

    That’s what it’s all about.  Thanks for the great reminder in such a succinct way.

  • Henrep

    This is so true to where I am in my life. Lovely affirmation. 

  • Ken,
    That’s funny that you said that because I just wrote that down to remember it 🙂

    This is right on. When I had extra money to spend I was cheap with it and spent it on things I didn’t even really care for. Now that I have very little I am more likely to give! That sounds like it would be the complete opposite situation. I know someday again I will have the money I lost times three, or even more, and I will have a better relationship with it. I have an urge to use the pennies I have in the best way I know how, to help others, which in turn fills my heart up with love.


  • Thanks so much. =)

  • Thank you Loran! She was surprised to see me. When I walked into her rehab, she thought I was my sister. I’m going to visit her again tonight. I’m so glad I came. Enjoy your visit as well!

  • Thanks Jodi! This is has been a big one for me over the years. When I decided to make visiting a priority, it was like a huge weight lifted off my shoulders. I knew then it was what I really wanted to do. I hope you are able to visit your family soon. =)

  • Thank you Harriet! I was thinking about how I was too young to really get to know my grandfather before he died. There’s no excuse to not spend good time as an adult–not even distance!

  • Thank you so much. High 5 right back. =)

  • You’re most welcome!

  • It’s funny how that works, huh? How wonderful that you’re using your money to help others!

  • I’m glad you enjoyed this post. =)

  • You’re most welcome. =)

  • Yes, so true! They say we regret the things we didn’t do more than the things we did. It always feels good to take a leap. =)

  • You’re most welcome! Thanks Ken. =)

  • “The bad news is time flies. The good news is you’re the pilot.” – Michael Altshuler

    What a wonderful quote. I haven’t come across that one before, but it’s definitely one that I’ll be remembering. It’s such an eye-opener. WE decide how we spend our time. WE decide what we will do in each moment. It’s as if I’ve been jolted awake, and I’m looking at exactly how I choose to spend my time every day…

    I hope you enjoy your trip, and that your grandmother makes a speedy recovery.

  • Thanks so much Rebecca. I visited her the other day, and she seems to be doing a lot better!

  • So wise, so true. Make today count as if there were no tomorrows. You’re so full of amazing insights AND you act upon them. What an inspiring example you set for all of us. Thanks, Lori!

  • Wow–thank you Kate! I have been equally inspired by your writing, and I have so much respect for you, so this means a lot to me. =)