Years ago I found and printed out the poem entitled, "I Wish."

Since then, I have kept it with the important papers in my office that I review every Monday.

Every time I read it, I get choked up all over again.

Having a daughter in college, I know what it feels like to think that you just didn't get enough time.

Last week I came across the poem, as usual, and read it twice.

With two children still at home, I began thinking that the poem that had helped to remind me to focus on my number one priority when I get wrapped up in deadlines, chores and other responsibilities, was just not getting enough exposure.

That's when I decided that I would frame it and give it a prominent place on my desk, where I can see it all day, every day.

Having "I Wish" front and center, now makes me think before I tell the kids that I am too busy or that I need just a few more hours.

(Inspired Note: The poem is below, if you are interested in reading it.)

Once they get home from school, I am reminded to step away from my work and give them my time, whenever possible.

After they are in bed, then I can get back to the priorities that come second to my family.

I truly appreciate the very important reminder that this frame delicately displays.

It is amazing how easily my focus can be readjusted and my choices positively affected by something as simple as words of wisdom displayed in an attention-drawing manner.

This little trick is something I can try in other ways throughout my home for both myself, my children and even my husband, if he'd like.

It might work as a gentle reminder in my kitchen to deter unnecessary snacking.

I can even frame simple words of love for my children and put it in the hall where they congregate before getting in the car to leave.

I hope that this idea of framing important reminders can help you and your family, too.

Here's to another Inspired Minute!

"I Wish"

I was so busy through the day, I didn't take the time to play.

When you brought your dolls to me, I told you "Not now," and quietly,

I cleaned the house, I'd iron and cook, but when you'd bring your storybook,

And ask me to sit and read to you, I'd say, "I have too much to do."

I'd tuck you in your bed at night, you'd say your prayers, I'd dim the light.

Too quickly I'd pass through the door, I should have stayed a minute more.

Life's much too short, each year flies past, my little girl grew up so fast.

No longer playing by my side, for me to nurture and to guide.

The books and dolls are packed away, no longer are there games to play.

No precious bedtime prayers to hear, that all belongs to yester-year.

My days once busy now are calm, the hours empty and too long.

I wish I could go back and do, all the things you asked me to.

- Anonymous

Author's Bio: 

Hi there! My name is Tracey and I’m on a mission to turn average days at home into meaningful minutes. I’m a wife, mother of 3 and an Inspired Life Blogger. This is my journey to create ways to save time, maximize money, creatively organize, craft, gift, and decorate and humbly volunteer. Please visit my blog at for ideas and tips that I hope will inspire you!