What really matters….

This morning I drove two of my four children to school as they are still young and like being in the car with me. Once they were settled into their new classrooms I headed over to the office to speak with the principal briefly. While I waited I overheard a conversation between a mom and the new secretary. The only reason I mention she is new is it is a small school and the lady last year would have known us all by name 🙂

The mom was there to update their information for the schools system. She said her name, her children’s names and their info. All the time the secretary was entering it in the computer. The mom was very well dressed, pretty and extremely happy. She was pleasant and smiled when she looked over at me.

To look at her you would think life was perfect. 

She then explained why the need for the new info.

There had been a fire. They lost their house. They lost everything. 

The secretary stopped what she was doing and  was speechless. She said “I am so sorry…” 

The moms response “Thank you! It was hard at first. But nobody was hurt and our family is together and stronger. We realized quick what really matters!” 

This is so true.

Family, good health and love matters.

All of this other stuff is useless, pointless, stress.

Why do we care what we wear, where we live, what we drive and what belongings we have?

In the big scheme of things family is all that is important. The rest is just gravy. 

This mom’s positive attitude was refreshing. 

In a world where it is so easy to get wrapped up in all the negativity and feel sorry for ourselves this was a great attitude to see. Her strength and beauty was something I will never forget. It radiated form the inside out. She was happy and she was real. I hope that I can be more positive in my life and really value what I have. This lady made me want to try to be a better person. A more positive person. 

Have you witnessed somebody rise above hardship and express a positive attitude and outlook when most would not? I would love for you to share. 


  1. yeewittlethings says

    I completely agree! None of that other stuff matters. In the end, it's family. Stuff can be replaced…people can't. And the love we have for each other outlives anything.

    My favourite quote since I was kid has always been this one by Richard L. Evans: “May we never let the things we can't have, or don't have, or shouldn't have, spoil our enjoyment of the things we do have and can have. As we value our happiness let us not forget it, for one of the greatest lessons in life is learning to be happy without the things we cannot or should not have.”

    Thinking of that woman and her family and hope they're able to piece their home back together, but so glad they're safe 🙂
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  2. Judy C (Cowan) says

    Family, good health and love is what matters. Stuff can be replaced. Really hope this family makes out ok!

  3. Truly, having your family around you is really all that matters. Our society is so "want" based that it sometimes, well alot of the time, family gets lost I believe.

    Anne Taylor

  4. Nena Sinclair says

    This is a good reminder of what's important. So many people get caught up in "things" and forget to pay attention to those who matter most.

  5. I love hearing stories like this. Very heart warming. Definitely makes you appreciate your life and the people in it 🙂

  6. Elva Roberts says

    September 4-Yes; I know a wonderful lady who lost her loving husband on Mother's day -he died of a heart attack and lift her with nine children . He had been a wonderful father, devoted husband and provided her and the children with a really good living.
    She eventually worked at a facility where potatoes were graded. She was so grateful for the job that she joked about it to me because, at that time, we were potato farmers
    Despite many , I am sure, sorrows she persevered and her adult children are a credit to her and her late husband. She is a very sunny and wonderful person. She has influenced me greatly . Her family was everything.

  7. kerriemendoza says

    What a beautiful story – I hope that I would be that brave if we'd had a fire. It wouldn't be the material things I would miss it would be the family heirlooms and the photographs. So amazing that she was so positive. A beautiful way to start the year.
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