Memories kept in the recesses of my mind bring comfort and gratitude. Although, they simply remind me of the past, they keep me in a place of gratitude in the present. I easily recall the beautiful moments with my small children, Disney vacations as a family, and my daughter selling painted seashells while camping at the ocean. Without such memories, I might forget how blessed my life truly is. If I lived only in this moment and forgot all that has led me to this moment, something in my heart would be missing. Like old photographs that capture loved ones being happy, the memories of my life capture the joy of a life well lived.