Capturing Moments that Matter


In today’s fast-paced, mile-a-minute world, it can be easy for our lives to pass us by quickly. We spend so much time worrying about obligations, responsibilities, and the stresses of work and all the other demands that we miss the things that are right in front of us. Those who feel as if though their lives are unfulfilled are often individuals who are not taking the time to soak in and capture the key moments in their lives. If you feel this way, you may be thinking you need to do more or to do something different in order to make your life feel more fulfilled. In reality; all you simply need to do is take the time to focus on the moments that matter in order to get the most out of the life you already have. If you do this, you will realize the potential for the fulfilling and engaging life you always wanted is right in front of you.

While this can be the key to a more fulfilling and satisfying life, for many of us, taking the time to focus on the moments that matter can be difficult. Our tech-centered world is filled with tablets, smart phones, and tons of things that provide constant distractions. While we may want to focus on the little things and spend the time appreciating life and loved ones around us, it can be difficult with technology looking to steal us away at every moment. In these times when we feel as though the clutches of social media, apps, games, and emails may be luring us in one direction, we need to take the time to step back and remind ourselves what is important.


Forever is composed of nows.

- Emily Dickinson

In my book Framing Faith, I show how capturing the important moments in our life is all about paying attention. It’s not about viewing life from afar, or going through the motions of your life. It’s about taking the time to be immersed in our own lives and to enjoy the moments that makeup our existence. We need to enjoy the moment. We need to be at the center of every memory in our lives, not standing back viewing from afar, viewing our lives through a “viewfinder” as if we’re ready to take a picture. In order to truly “capture” a moment and make a lasting memory, you need to be intoxicated with that moment and fully immersed in the present.

An unexamined life or one that simply involves “going through the motions” is only a half-full life. Many times it is not about trying new things or reaching out to do more in our lives, but it is about taking the time to focus on the life in front of us. There are many of us who don’t get a lot out of our lives because we’re not taking the time to focus and pay attention to what our lives have to offer. If we take the time to capture the moments that matter and truly pay attention to the world around us, we may all be able to enjoy the unique moments that makeup our lives.

How can you take the time to start living in the moment in order to see life’s fullest potential?

Matt Knisely

Matt Knisely is an Emmy Award–winning visual storyteller, creative director, and author who loves telling stories of the extraordinary. Make sure you check out his book Framing Faith, it helps connect the seemingly unconnected, see the beauty right in front of us, and revealing how to be present in the moment.

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