We call them Moments

My dear friends...

There are millions of them. Billions of them. Trillions of them.

Put them together and they make up a lifetime.

We call them Moments.

They have no prescribed length. They could be one minute or one hour or one second. They come and they go and then they turn into Memories. And then they stay. They are yours forever and no one can take them away. Nor can you get rid of the bad ones you don't want to keep.

They are going on right now, as you are reading this, and through all of them-the slow ones and the oh-too-fast ones, the good ones and the bad ones, the fun ones and the ones that are simply horrible-there is only one thing that matters.

After a few years of collecting them, you realize this. By then it's too late to do anything about the ones that have passed. But you can always do something about the one that's coming up Right Now. And the one After That. And the hundreds more that will happen this day. And the thousands more that will happen this week. And the millions more that will happen this month. And the billions more that will happen this year. And the trillions more that will happen before you die-whenever you die.

Yes, you can do something about those. And as you contemplate what you can do about those, and what you want to do about those, you will realize that there is only one thing that matters.

The more of them that pass, the more of them you will treasure while they are here, and the more of them you will yearn for before they arrive. Until one day you will stop yearning for them. You will have had enough. You will be totally okay if not another one comes along. And then you will die. And when you die, in the Moment you die, you will know The Only Thing That Matters.

You will know in that Moment Who You Are, and Who You Have Become.

And you will know that Who You Have Become is who you have made yourself into.

You will know that you are a self-made person, that no one has had anything to do with Who You Are but you; that there's no one else to blame, and no one else to praise. You will know that you have done it all yourself. And then you will yearn again. When you know this, you will yearn again for more Moments.

And so you will have them. You will come back, and you will have some more. But you will forget what you knew. You will forget that there is no one else to blame, and no one else to praise. You will forget that you are creating each Moment as it is, and as it will always be remembered. You will forget that you are doing it all by yourself.

Unless you don't.

And if you don't-if you remember-then you will gain a quality of control over the creation of your Moments that you never thought possible. And each Moment will be a treasure. For you will create it that way. No matter what is going on, no matter what is being done or said or thought by others. No matter what is happening "over there," over here there will only be treasures. For you will have understood The Only Thing That Matters.

And in this magic Moment you will be clear that you have not made yourself into anything, that you have not "become" anything, but that you always were what you have imagined yourself to become. You will know that you always were, are now, and always will be, where you once thought you had to go and what you once thought you wanted to be.

Then you will realize that there was nothing you ever had to do but Be. Here. Now.

You will have discovered that you are The Only Thing That Matters.

Love and Hugs,



Busi1967 18th August 2010 7:47 am

Marvelous!!1 Thank you Neale!

Edithnorton 18th August 2010 9:49 am

Dear Neal Walsh:
Moments was so wonderful-I intend to read this at the pulpit.
Thank you for all you do.
Edith :angel:

TraceyR 20th August 2010 4:45 pm

Wow! Thank you for this... I can't stop smiling knowing that exactly what you wrote is TRUTH and I'm so grateful to BE here now, in this moment... exactly where I want to BE. xo

spring 21st August 2010 1:56 am

Beautiful!! Thank you Neale :smitten:

Abaraxadac 6th April 2011 2:54 pm

You are a judge.


Keep updated with Spirit Library

Author Information

Neale Donald Walsch

Neale Donald Walsch is a modern day spiritual messenger whose words continue to touch the world in profound ways. With an early interest in religion and a deeply felt connection to spirituality, Neale spent the majority of his life thriving professionally, yet searching for spiritual meaning before beginning his now famous conversation with God.


Neale Donald Walsch Archives