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Written by Lee Stoerzinger, CFP®

A passage from my book, On the Back Burner - 

Have you ever had something happen to you that was so good that you had to tell someone about it as soon as possible? Maybe a new job, a first love, or an event with family or friends? Go back to one of those times right now. You can probably see, feel, hear, and smell everything as if it just happened. Ah, the power of memories!

When you finally got the chance to share your great story with someone, even your very best friend, have you ever felt that they were not as excited as you, or wished they just could have been there so they would understand?

Now think about the last time you were chosen to be part of someone’s life-changing memory. Were you there with them living in the moment? Or was your mind somewhere else, maybe waiting to tell them something you thought was more important?

Imagine how different the world would be if we all made a conscious choice to live in the moment with those who mean much to us and their life events. Not only would we provide genuine affirmation to someone who thought enough of us to share, but we would also get to add these experiences to our own memories. Not a bad deal. Plus, next time, when it’s our turn to share, we can be assured that someone is actually listening. No one is as important as we are!

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