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Are You Making Time For "The Good Stuff"?

For years, possibly decades, I spoke with my mom at least once a day. Over time, as her dementia worsened, the phone was no longer a viable way to communicate. I miss our conversations. Our calls frequently were about the people we loved and the time spent together. She’d say, “That’s the good stuff!” She always communicated a deep sense of gratitude for her family, friends, music, art, and the preciousness of time.

As the world begins to start, pause, and restart, so much uncertainty and distress exist. What life will look like a month or year from now is impossible to know. Yet, each day we forge forth with work, family, projects, and life. We move ahead despite the considerable uncertainty. It can feel exhausting, overwhelming, or scary. In your mix of doing, are you making time to notice and embrace the “good stuff?”


  • Waking up each morning

  • Opening my eyes after meditating

  • Taking the first sip of coffee from my favorite mug

  • Holding hands with my husband

  • Hearing the sound of rain hitting the window panes

  • Walking by the river

  • Hugging my daughter, especially after being apart for six months

  • Baking lemon blueberry muffins

  • Picking herbs from my mini garden

  • Capturing images of people, places, and nature with my camera

  • Swimming in my friend’s pool

  • Hearing birds sing

  • Touching a very soft blanket

  • Sitting quietly

  • Biting into a big, juicy piece of watermelon

  • Writing with my favorite pen

  • Watching the leaves rustle in the breeze

  • Having a conversation (phone, Zoom, or in-person) with a friend or loved one

  • Relaxing in the hammock

  • Eating a chocolate brownie Yasso pop

  • Seeing my client experience an “ah-ha” moment during their virtual organizing session

  • Writing in my journal

  • Watching a good movie, or even a bad one

  • Kayaking on any river

  • Discovering new tomatoes growing on my cherry tomato plant

  • Being still during the last ten minutes of yoga class

  • Discovering vibrantly colored flowers

  • Reading a good book

  • Learning something new

  • Getting into bed at the end of the day

“In your mix of doing, are you making time to notice and embrace the good stuff?”

Time is a gift. Some of our time will be spent navigating the daily doings of life. Included with responsibilities and commitments are also those things that make your heart sing. Or, as my mom would say, “the good stuff.”

Linda Samuels, CPO-CD®, CVPO™, is a compassionate, enthusiastic Professional Organizer and Coach, founder of Oh, So Organized!, Executive Mom Nest Advisor, author of The Other Side of Organized, and blogger on organizing and life balance. In addition to organizing virtually with clients worldwide, Linda presents workshops, writes, and mentors other Professional Organizers. Media features include The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, HuffPost, Woman’s Day, Westchester Magazine, Everyday with Rachel Ray, and lives with her husband between two rivers 30 miles north of New York City, in a small, colorful home with a purple front door. They are empty-nesters as their children are in the world living their adult lives.

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