How do you look at life?  Day by day, hour by hour, minute by minute, moment by moment?    Do you wish that the day would be over before it even begins?  I know that I’m guilty of this.  I wish for the school year to end so that we can go on vacation.  Instead of enjoying day by day, moment by moment with my family, I sometimes put work first when it should be time with them.  I realized that this had to stop.  I wasn’t living in the moment.  I wasn’t taking in what life has to offer, here and now.  Before I know it, my daughter will be all grown up, and what memories do I have of it?  I realized a long time ago that I needed to be present in the moment, every day, in order to live life to the fullest.

Each of us is busy, but we are given precious moments with our families and in our lives.  It’s how we spend those moments that matters.  Do you get up each day and be thankful that you are alive?  I do.  I do because my life was almost taken in one of those moments, when I was the only backseat survivor in a fatal car crash.  Life can come and go in moments.  And, it’s how I live the moments that I have been given as a second chance that matter. 

Has your child ever looked at you and said in a serious tone, “You aren’t listening to me, are you?”  My nine year-old daughter has.  Wow, how profound that can be when it happens, especially if I’m multitasking, and my focus isn’t on any one thing.  She is worthy of my attention.  I feel blessed when she confides in me and wants to talk about her day.  She needs to be valued.  I need to be present in my moments with her and give her the attention that she matters.  I need to show her that she is important to me by being present and not have my attention directed elsewhere, unless I’m driving of course.

The secret to living life to the fullest is by being present in each moment of the day.  The means not only for your family, but engaging life at all times.  By being present in each day, you can live life like you have never experienced it before.  Give yourself a second chance.  I did it.  You can do it, too.

 by Darcy Keith

    Welcome Darcy Keith as our guest blogger today, and newest member of “Simply” Sue Speaks!

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   Known as “The Queen of Survival” and “The Miracle Child”, Darcy Keith is an internationally recognized expert in overcoming adversity and concussion. As the only backseat survivor in her fatal car crash, Darcy, a 22 year-old Ball State senior, had to learn how to begin life again – mentally, physically, emotionally, and financially.  Over the years, Darcy has overcome her many life-altering experiences with success and has emerged as an expert on surviving and thriving through life’s challenges and trials.

Darcy is an award-winning keynote speaker for seminars, conferences, and meetings for corporations, non-profits, and associations, with recently speaking for the Indianapolis Colts and Baltimore Ravens rookies as part of the NFL’s Rookie Success Program. Darcy is also an NCAA Registered Speaker and has appeared on various television and radio venues around the country, including ABC, CBS, NBC, and FOX. Darcy is a contributing author to three books and has published numerous articles.