Memories are like butterflies -- they come and go, and if we are lucky, they allow us to focus on their beauty now and then. I think that is why it is important to set ourselves up for the opportunities to enjoy their visits.

You can’t enjoy good memories without first enjoying the moments from which the memories are inspired.

I’m always looking for a great experience, and I seem to find what I am looking for in many of the places I visit. Maybe it’s because I believe there is more good than bad and if you are open to this idea things are stacked in your favor.

Great food is always a pleasure to find, but let’s face it, all chefs are not created equal. That’s OK. I can only imagine how much I might be tempted to overeat if everyone cooked like mom.

I know the value of a good night’s sleep on the road. However, I have met many people who say it takes them a few nights just to relax enough to get a good night’s rest. Well, if I did that I would never get any sleep. The key is staying at the right places. A clean room and a nice bed with good cotton sheets goes a long way in setting you up for a restful evening. The key is selecting a place with a great reputation and good reviews. I enjoy a nice B&B and I’m always pleased with my stays at the Hampton Inn and Suites. They always have clean sheets.

It is a duty to myself and others that I have great experiences so that I have good things to talk and write about. If you flood your life with good moments, you will have an abundance of sweet memories. You will not be able to escape them, and they will come in handy when you are dealing with less than pleasant situations.

If you are a regular viewer of our TV show or a frequent reader, I would guess that you have picked up on the fact that I love what I do. I love meeting all kinds of people and visiting all types of places. I enjoy good food and good conversation. I am enjoying the passing of time, and I love the power of kind words.

I like walking on the happy side of the street. It is there where I have met many people that are often newcomers, who have somehow stumbled across the wonders of days less filled with the obsession of things. They have discovered the power of kindness, generosity of self and the life-changing value of days filled with sweet memories.

It’s okay to have a busy life, but balanced with a playful nature. Make sure you take time for the right moments; you will need what they inspire.

We have so many beautiful things to experience in the Carolinas; there is no good reason not to stack the deck in your favor. That’s where the great stories are; I should know. Go ahead, have a walk on the happy side of the street. There you go, smiling already. Go to a nice place, sleep in a good clean bed and enjoy a great meal with someone nice. I’ll see you on the road.

Carl White is the executive producer and host of the award winning syndicated TV show “Carl White’s Life In the Carolinas.” The weekly show is in its seventh year of syndication and can be seen in the Greenville, Spartanburg viewing market on WLOS ABC 5 a.m. Saturdays and 1:30 p.m. Sundays at WMYA My 40. Visit www.lifeinthecarolinas.com, email White at Carl@lifeinthecarolinas.com.