“normal day, let me be aware of the treasure you are…”

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hello! i hope you’ve had a beautiful week as we move into the weekend. my friend anna shared this quote on her instagram the other day that really struck a cord with me. it was so beautiful, i took a screenshot of it on my phone, and have returned to the image several times since to re-read the words.

“normal day, let me be aware of the treasure you are. let me learn from you, love you, bless you before you depart. let me not pass you by in quest of some rare and perfect tomorrow. let me hold you while i may, for it may not always be so. 
― mary jean irion

this is what i strive for, but sometimes it’s nice to read something like this and stop and remember, it’s right here right now. and it might not be tomorrow. trying to take these words to heart and into my weekend with my little crew. hope you have a wonderful one with yours as well. xoxo

  1. So beautiful!

  2. Billie

    This is actually one of my favorite pieces of writing I’ve ever read. I know it well, by heart even.
    I’m so glad it struck a chord with you too.

    Normal days are the ones you always remember, they’re where you form old habits, small mannerisms. Normal days are the things you come home to, the worn spots in your couch, the sun-faded pieces of floor. They are all my memories from childhood rolled into one endless hazy dream.

    Cheers to normal days Naomi, I hope yours are sun-soaked too.

  3. Sam

    Your blog is my absolute favourite! Makes me so excited for my future with my little one & my future little ones :) I’ve just started blogging as a new first time mumma after years of being inspired x

  4. katelyn

    I recently saw this quote as well and wrote it on a notecard and stuck it on my fridge! It’s a great reminder through all of the feedings and diaper changes!

  5. Kait

    Love this. Have you seen the movie About Time? It really brings this quote to life and puts the “normal day” into perspective :)

  6. Darcie

    I love this quote, especially for today. In fact, I thought this was going to be a 9/11 post. One of the many thoughts I had that day was “why today?” It was beautiful, sunny, awesome weather, normal day. That always stuck with me-how could such a horrible thing happen on such a beautiful day, that normally would have been just a typical day. It surely teaches us to embrace and treasure the everyday things we take granted.

    Thanks for sharing and have a blessed weekend!

  7. It is easy to forget how lucky we are to have normal days, even if they are filled with craziness and stress. I definitely try to appreciate the normalcy of the weekend day when there is nothing to do but play with the kids at home. It doesn’t always have to be a marathon adventure. Sometimes, the best times are when I’m playing with my kids at home with nothing else on my mind and nothing else to do.

    Analog House

  8. i love this so much thank you for sharing, what a special (and so important!) reminder :)

  9. carly

    That is a beautiful and inspiring quote and holy cow that is the best super dad picture I have ever seen
    Dresses & Denim

  10. Beautifully said and so well-written! Take each day for what it’s worth. It’s always easy to get so caught up in life and you’re not remember what life is really about!


  11. Yaling

    What a beautiful quote! Thank you so much for sharing.

  12. Meagan Roll

    Wow, that quote brought me to tears and I’m not quite sure why. But, it’s making me think of the people in NYC on this day 14 years ago who would have given anything for that to be a normal day.

    Thanks for spreading such goodness and light through your blog. You’ve really created something wonderful here, and it’s appreciated. :)

    Love from SLC, UT.

  13. Rachel

    I love this quote so much! It is a wonderful and important reminder :) I feel like sometimes I think life is made up of the big events and big days, but it really isn’t. Yes those days are super important and impact our life, but it is every day that really matters and builds who we are and who our children are.

    Simply Rachel Nicole

  14. Grace Arnold

    I love the longer poem too – adds a bittersweet edge to it …
    “Normal day, let me be aware of the treasure you are. Let me learn from you, love you, bless you before you depart. Let me not pass you by in quest of some rare and perfect tomorrow. Let me hold you while I may, for it may not always be so. One day I shall dig my nails into the earth, or bury my face in the pillow, or stretch myself taut, or raise my hands to the sky and want, more than all the world, your return.” ― Mary Jean Irion

  15. Sarabeth

    Really needed this right now in the midst of some gnarly teething in my household!Usually I feel guilty when I’m reminded how lucky I am after complaining about small things like that, but this quote just puts me at ease. Thanks for sharing, Naomi :)

    The February Fox

  16. Paige

    I love this quote! I definitely needed this reminder today! Thanks for the uplifting message!


  17. Rae

    What a great quote! And this picture is adorable :)


  18. Maria

    Lovely and inspiring quote …thanks for sharing with us…

  19. Elle

    That is an amazing quote and really made me think. As someone who is always trying to organise everything to the last detail its important to remember to just stop and appreciate everything we have and the amazing little moments in life that are so hard to miss if we try too hard.


  20. Gabrielle

    Thanks so much for sharing such a lovely quote! It reminds me of this beautiful poem by one of the greatest poets of all time, ee cummings

    i thank You God for most this amazing
    day:for the leaping greenly spirits of trees
    and a blue true dream of sky; and for everything
    which is natural which is infinite which is yes

    (i who have died am alive again today,
    and this is the sun’s birthday; this is the birth
    day of life and of love and wings: and of the gay
    great happening illimitably earth)

    how should tasting touching hearing seeing
    breathing any–lifted from the no
    of all nothing–human merely being
    doubt unimaginable You?

    (now the ears of my ears awake and
    now the eyes of my eyes are opened)

  21. Ruth Varner

    Dear Taza and family. Thank you for posting this quote. This quote has meant a lot to me. My husband of 39 years lost his leg this summer and he is slowly recovering. This quote was also a favorite of his mother, my beloved mother-in-law who suffered from Parkinson’s Disease and died back in 1997. Almost every day I think of her, my father-in-law and my parents who were friends with each other and have also since passed away. I would love to follow you. What nice pictures of you, your hubby and children. New York is a beautiful city. My family and I visited New York City back in 2006 and have never forgotten this wonderful experience. Thanks again for this wonderful post.

  22. Sara

    Such a lovely quote. It’s very inspiring :)

  23. It’s so wonderful to be reminded of the beauty in our ordinary day.

  24. Michelle C.

    This reminds me so much of Brene Brown’s book “Daring Greatly”. If you haven’t read it you should! You would love it and especially the part on parenting in this crazy busy world.

    “We risk missing out on joy when we get too busy chasing down the extraordinary. Scarcity culture may keep us afraid of living small, ordinary lives but when you talk to people who have survived great losses it is clear that the most profound joy we experience is in those small moments that are so easy to overlook.”

  25. Dina D.

    It’s my favorite quote ever. When he was 3 years old, my son Owen was diagnosed with a brain tumor. For me, there will now always be before brain tumor (bbt) and after brain tumor (abt)…our world was never the same after that diagnosis. For my family, a normal day (no headaches, no seizures, no surgeries, no IVs, no pain) is the best blessing we could ever hope for. Boring is beautiful. Thanks for sharing!

  26. Emily Bybee Stembridge

    How I needed this today! It rings SO true in my life right now. We need to catch up sometime! Miss you friend! xo

  27. vanessa

    This quote is everything I have been feeling lately! I am in a place where I feel like I am constantly concerned about the future and unfortunately, I have not allowed myself to appreciate the beauty in what I have right now!

    I think I need to write this quote down or make it my home screen because I cannot just let this life pass me by!Thanks for sharing.


  28. Marie C.

    Love the quote :)


  29. Claire

    This quote is really great. I admit I often live in the past, I mean I have a terrible fear of “missing” something good and regret… This makes me think and I will try to work on it, promise!
    This picture is perfect btw, I confess I love pictures like this of men with child!

    I tried to post a comment on the”comfortable walking shoes” post but I didn’t succeed so here I am… As I already said in other comments I really love my Saltwater sandals and I’m so sad when I see the rain outside now because that’s mean I have to let my sandals behind (and I’m not ready for this!). I seek for shoes advice and I will really I will be delighted to see a post on your best selection of shoes for autumn/winter! Please please!:)

    Oh and thanks for answering my last comment Naomi! :)

    Best regards from France!


  30. Livia

    This is beautiful and a great reminder. Thanks for sharing!

  31. I love this quote so much, because it’s so very true. I used to be so bad for always thinking and worrying about the future, what I couldn’t see is I was robbing myself of the here and now. i have to thank my boys for opening my eyes to how beautiful (okay, and exhausting!! Ha!) the every day is.


  32. What a beautiful quote. Somehow it reminds me of something A.A. Milne would write. Love the picture you paired with it. :)

  33. Joana

    I agree with Darcie – it would have made sense to me that you mention 9/11 in your post. But then again, it simply agrees with my observation that (at least here in Germany) remembering 9/11 seems to get lesser and lesser as time passes.

  34. Kath

    What a lovely quote. It is good to be reminded that every day is a gift and to remember to treat it that way. Not always easy to do with life’s ‘ups and downs’. Thank you for sharing.

  35. Rachel Hagen

    Beautiful quote! Thanks for sharing. Printing it out and putting it on my mirror. :)