A Moment in Time...
Not too long ago, I was in the midst of a minor crisis. Luckily, a wisdom filled mentor reminded me that, although painful, what I was experiencing was “just a moment in time”.
The advice is so simple, yet so powerful. Our life is full of moments. Each day is filled with tiny moments that pass just as quickly as the ones that came before. Those moments may be joyful or painful but they all pass, just the same.
Now, more than ever, it’s hard to stay present. Our phones ding, social media calls, our to-do lists grow. Not only do these distractors steal the joyful moments that our lives have to offer, they allow us to escape the learning and growth that can come from being fully present in the painful moments as well.
Here’s the thing to remember: you’re given this moment exactly once. Whether the moment is good, or bad, it’s here for only this second.
You’ll get one chance to see your daughter’s kindergarten graduation.
You’ll get one chance to comfort your son in the midst of his first broken heart.
You’ll get one chance to experience all of the monumental and tiny moments that make up the days of your life.
So let’s make a commitment. Let’s commit to looking at each moment for what it is: a single moment in time. Let’s learn to be present in the joyful moments and soak in all that they have to offer. Let’s remember that the more challenging moments will pass and that there's wisdom on the other side. Let’s remember that our life is just a collection of tiny moments and that when we let them pass without acknowledgement, we are not fully living.
The sage advice I received from my mentor was a gift. It’s a gift that’s allowed me to live my life with more joy and perspective and it’s a gift that I think is worth sharing. So take this idea and put it in your pocket. Keep it close and pull it out whenever you need a reminder: This is a moment in time.