Want Moments, Not Things


The TSA agent was patting me down. I just walked through the airport scanner and the alarm sounded. I apologized and scrambled to remove the cell phone from my back pocket. As she followed procedure and patted me down, she turned and yelled at the agent in the next line, It’s like they say…you always want what someone else has!

They umm-hmph’d each other from a distance.

As I boarded my flight from San Francisco, her words rang in my ear. If this was true–we desire what resides in the possession of others–I told myself to want moments, not things…happiness, joy, contentment. Sometimes it’s easy to look on the outside and wish for more, but behind simplicity sits life’s most beautiful memories.

Happy Friday, friends.

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  1. Regan Carter

    June 14th, 2013 at 3:20 pm

    Amen!! Love this! I needed this reminder today! Thank you! 🙂

  2. Tam Nguyen Photographer

    June 14th, 2013 at 3:25 pm

    So, did the other agent want to pat you down too?!

  3. Denise Elisha

    June 14th, 2013 at 3:32 pm

    This is so true Jasmine! I live humbly, but happy. I may not have the "material things" others may have, but I have a great Husband, a home, and family. I couldn’t ask God for more. I am truly happy where I am at.

  4. Jen

    June 14th, 2013 at 6:01 pm

    What an awkward thing to hear someone yell while they’re patting you down! Though, I suppose there really is no polite conversation topic for that situation! 🙂

  5. Whitney

    June 14th, 2013 at 6:48 pm

    What I really want is to watch my 2.5 year old’s face light up when she sees Mickey Mouse again. A trip to Disneyland isn’t a thing – it’s a million different moments.
    Or at least that’s what I’ll try to sell to my husband.

  6. Whitney Lane

    June 14th, 2013 at 7:17 pm

    True Dat!

  7. staci

    June 14th, 2013 at 7:18 pm


  8. Linda

    June 14th, 2013 at 9:58 pm

    This was just what I needed to hear!!

  9. Norma Skinner

    June 15th, 2013 at 6:28 am

    Super reminder. But am puzzled was the envy about your cell phone or your beauty?

  10. Souri

    June 15th, 2013 at 11:54 am

    How true !!! Moments are so much more important than things! Keep in mind: You can "buy" moments … but the best are the ones you can’t buy … 🙂

  11. Kirsten

    June 15th, 2013 at 1:13 pm

    I love this J* I want this too moments are soooo precious! x

  12. Ashley Goodwin

    June 16th, 2013 at 2:43 am

    I’d have happiness, joy, and content—if I just had those famed guns of yours. ;).

  13. Jeanne Mitchum

    June 17th, 2013 at 3:54 pm

    I so needed to read that today! Life is really all about the moments!!

  14. Kim Rix

    June 18th, 2013 at 2:58 pm

    I couldn’t agree more and like the way you think. It’s those little moments that makes us who we are. And it’s those little moments that take us by surprise that we should cherish the most.

  15. falcon

    June 18th, 2013 at 11:58 pm

    I agree with Ashley Goodwin 😉