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What is really important in life?

Today I slept late. I didn’t wake up at 5:00 a.m. to write. It is now 8:26 in the morning and I am just starting to write a story. I had a few ideas, but nothing seems important.

Upstairs is a little girl who is ten, my daughter,  who would like her mother to play with her. She thinks my writing is more important to me than she is.

I like to write, but the only story I am writing today is the one I will be living. It is time to show with my actions what I believe in my heart.


Playing with my daughter

I just played Littlest Pet Shop for 3 hours and 14 minutes.

Someday you’re going to have to learn to separate what seems to be important from what really is important.
― Geogre Lucas, Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope 

What is really important in life? 


About Pamela Hodges

My name is Pamela Hodges. I am a writer and an artist. I write to encourage and to bring laughter. I paint cats, draw cartoons and write books for children and grown ups.

You are an artist. Yes, you are. Really.

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  • I like that. Today when I got home from work, I had a little time before I needed to take Joe for a sports physical and instead of writing, we sat next to each other on the sofa and did the online practice tests for his learner’s permit. Time spent with Joe is time well spent.

    • Yes, time well spent. And he will be a safer driver as well. Hello to Tink.

  • Elsie

    You are living, not passing through life, so continue on the journey and enjoy every moment with your kids.

  • Thanks, Pamela…I think so many of us moms feel this tension of wanting to follow our passion but choosing to do what is important now. Good reminder.

    • Thank you Eileen. I need to be reminded every day.

  • Beautiful, Mama. Thx for the encouragement to cherish our babies through play before they grow out of the nest. Quality time spent with kids = an eternal investment + Ben Franklin good.

    Lord, please help us to discern Your balance between work and play–especially with our own children. Help us to do everything unto You and in-step with Your Spirit! In Jesus’ name, Amen.

  • Stacey Shubitz

    Playing with our kids is one of the most important things we can do. It’s so hard. I feel that pull sometimes: work or play. I never feel guilty after having played with my daughter, but almost always feel guilty when I let work win. Such is life.

    • Yes, the old write or play dolls battle. Playing with your daughter sounds like a good way to spend your time, as does writing. Your so right, “Such is life.”

  • Making memories with those you love is most important to me.

  • margaret simon

    You made the right decision because one of these days, sooner than you think, she will stop asking you to play with her.

    • Thank you for the reminder Margaret. My oldest is 18 and we don’t play dolls anymore. It seems like yesterday she was 10.