“A moment is a memory we never forget!”

A photograph cannot only preserve a memory, but can also capture some of life and its relationships most meaningful moments whether they be a reminder of a joyful occasion or a sorrowful loss.

Their images can produce the recollection of a special first meeting, a shared moment of hope and laughter, a life-changing moment of grief and despair or the vivid memory of a situation you didn’t like, or of a place that you really did.

I wrote the following parable with precisely these thoughts in mind and would like to share it. I truly hope its message not only gives those who read it an opportunity to reflect on what was and is, but to also live in the moment and perhaps ponder what will be.


A moment is a memory we never forget,
like the moment I first saw you
and the moment we met.

Moments of hope, laughter and glee,
moments we argued and couldn’t agree.

A moment of adversity, a moment that was nice,
other moments we wouldn’t want to live twice.

Moments of joy, moments of grief,
moments that challenged our very beliefs.

A moment of regret, one of despair,
never a moment we didn’t care.

Moments we shared and the places we’ve been,
all the wonders we have seen.

If there’s a moment we may have missed,
we’ll never forget a moment like this.

©2007 Richard Lawrence Belford


About the Author: Richard Lawrence Belford is an Inspirational Writer who has been on a nineteen year creative journey that has allowed him to become well-published. A journey that’s been fueled by his genuine desire to provide faith, comfort & hope to those in grief.

His inspirational writings have been illustrated with photography on a series of wall décor products beautifully designed by Reed Photo Art & Imaging Inc that are professionally printed on metallic photographic paper with a UV protective laminate with a contemporary black beveled edge.


“Moments” is available at: amazon.com and signsforyourlife.com or purchased wholesale in a variety of sizes by registering at: asignofwisdom.com.

A complete collection of their equally inspiring wall decor products featuring Richard’s writings can be viewed by visiting his website’s product gallery at the following link: www.richardlawrencebelford.ca/product-gallery.php

Richard has also written a bereavement book that includes a collection of his inspirational parables, accompanied by his stories behind their creation. It is entitled; “It’s Not Goodbye, It’s See You Later.”

A parable by definition is a symbolic short story that illustrates or teaches some truth, religious principle, or moral lesson. He trusts that his parables, along with these stories will stir some emotions in you that we’ve all felt, emotions that can help bring some small measure of solace to those suffering the loss of someone dear to their heart.

Richard is actively looking to partner with a publishing company and hopes to have his book published in the near future. In the meantime, he invites you to follow him on twitter @RichardLBelford and check out his Facebook page at: www.facebook.com/RichardLawrenceBelford.

He can be contacted by email at: info@richardlawrencebelford.ca or you can visit his website at: www.richardlawrencebelford.ca for additional information.


“ Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away.”

                                                                                     ~ Maya Angelou ~


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