By: Daniella Aryeh, Guest Blogger
I spent the weekend visiting my friend at NYU a while back and on Sabbath someone made a speech that inspired this blog. He began by telling the following story. Earlier that week, he was rushing to a meeting in NYU, when he saw a girl walk past him sobbing. For a split second he thought to stop her to help, but didn’t want to be late for his important meeting. So he took a few more steps, thinking, “I hope she’s ok!” He quickly regretted it, knowing she needed help; turned around and she was gone. A minute later, he saw another girl pass him sobbing, and glad he was given a second chance to help someone, he stopped her and asked if she was ok. She told him she would be fine, not really wanting his help, but thanked him, saying it was nice that he really cared.
The point of his story was he felt bad that he missed a moment to help someone. He was so focused on going where he needed to be that he felt he missed an opportunity to actually help another human being.
We all do this. I know I’m guilty of it. I’m constantly running, and I fill my days to the max. It’s because we are always chasing these big breaks. We get so focused on these big moments that we think will take us places. Whether it is that meeting at the big company, that lecture we finally get to give, or an acceptance into the school that will take us all the way. But sometimes it’s those smaller moments that could actually be exactly what we needed.
What about a conversation in with the person behind you in the grocery line? Reading that book that we’ve been wanting to read? Or watching that TV show or enjoying time in the sun? We always feel the need to justify ourselves if we do those things, because it’s as if we are wasting our time.
But who knows? It’s those smaller moments that can really determine your future.
Sometimes you think it’s a big break. But that’s not always the case. The person behind you in the grocery line or sitting next to you on the plane or bus may actually be the connection you need to get you where you want to be. But you won’t know that unless you actually TALK to that person. Stop and take a moment to say hello. That book you read or movie you see may spark something inside of you and change the course of your journey. We constantly strive to get ahead, but we may actually miss the moment that we can achieve and get to where we wan to be, because it seems so small to us that we gloss over it.
Take advantage of EVERY moment. Don’t skip over the moments that seem small, unimportant, and meaningless. Take the time to talk to others, to smile at others. Because you really never know. Those small moments can really change the rest of your life.
Let's Chat! What's a moment that you experienced that really, really made a difference in your life or the life of someone else? Tell us about it here!
I am in the process of completing my master’s degree in speech-language pathology. I love traveling, meeting new people, hanging on the beach, and will read anything I can get my hands on. I am obsessed with country music, and I constantly quoting Friends and One Tree Hill.