In Joanna Gaines’ ‘Magnolia Journal,’ She Reveals Life’s Biggest ‘Thief’

Some people say time is a thief, shortening our days, and taking away sweet moments we have with our loved ones. However, in the latest issue of “Magnolia Journal,” Joanna Gaines says this isn’t the case. Here’s what the Former “Fixer Upper” star said is the real thief in life.

Joanna Gaines says it’s important to pay attention the mundane as well as the milestones

Joanna Gaines | Nathan Congleton/NBCU Photo Bank/NBCUniversal via Getty Images via Getty Images
Joanna Gaines | Nathan Congleton/NBCU Photo Bank/NBCUniversal via Getty Images via Getty Images

It’s expected to pause and soak in the times when we celebrate big milestones such as weddings, graduations, and birthdays. However, Gaines says it’s also important to be present during the mundane moments. Be present when you’re at the grocery store with your children or sitting with your pet at the veterinarian’s office. Whatever it is, stop and appreciate that moment because you’ll never get it back.  Here’s what Gaines told her readers about honoring the ordinary days:

It’s easy for me to want to give a lot of my energy and attention to celebrating milestones. Birthdays, graduations, anniversaries, first and last days of school—these moments always get the best of my time and presence, which isn’t a negative thing. Milestones help us gauge our place in the world; they clue us in to how far we’ve come and how much growing we’ve got left to do. But what I’ve found to be far worthier is all there is to see in the in-between. In morning routines and daily commutes.

Joanna Gaines says this is life’s biggest thief

Hoda Kotb, Savannah Guthrie and Joanna Gaines | Nathan Congleton/NBCU Photo Bank/NBCUniversal via Getty Images via Getty Images
Hoda Kotb, Savannah Guthrie and Joanna Gaines | Nathan Congleton/NBCU Photo Bank/NBCUniversal via Getty Images via Getty Images

Gaines says time is not what we should be concerned about. Rather, distractions are what steal away the precious moments we have with friends and family. Allowing ourselves to become wrapped up in something other than what we should be focusing on will slowly erode the memories we were building moments before becoming distracted. Gaines says she was wrong for pinning the blame on time:

I was wrong to blame time for so many years, to call it a thief for moving too fast. I’ve found that the real thieves are distractions and our willingness to give in to them, to allow our thoughts and energy to fuel their journey toward some lesser thing. In the end, they are what will steal our moments and rob our days. But time—the here and now—is our most precious gift. And I’m determined to hold it carefully with outstretched and grateful hands.

These two words help Joanna Gaines return to the present moment

When things become overwhelming, Gaines takes a moment to pause and regroup. In her column, she tells her readers the two words that help her return to the present moment. Here’s what Gaines shared about these two simple words:

I came up with this mantra of sorts that I’d whisper to myself or repeat in my head whenever I felt that invariable tug to disengage from the present. Just two simple words: Look up. And because I believe there is power in asking our body to act on our heart’s behalf, no matter where I was or what task may have been in front of me, if I sensed myself drifting, I’d do my best to pause and look up.

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