“Character may be manifested in the great moments, but it is made in the small ones.”
– Phillips Brooks
Life is made up of millions of moments. From the eagerly anticipated big moments, to the ones that pass us by without much ado, our lives are lived. There are moments that are years in the making, moments that take us by surprise, and moments we would rather forget. Whether the moment brings excitement, apprehension or sadness, there is a lesson to be learned. We often don’t realise that lesson when we’re in the moment. Sometimes it takes years to truly understand what each moment was meant to teach.
It is moments like today that make us stop and think about our lives, our loved ones, and what moments still lie ahead for us. It is often in tragedy that we search for perspective and begin to reevaluate if we are living the way we want to be living. We compare the issues we are currently facing to the horror that some families are now experiencing and are reminded that our moments are precious and finite. We don’t have unlimited access to our moments.
Every moment presents us with a choice, no matter how insignificant, or life-altering it may be. Moments connect and build upon each other. You may be able to recall a choice you made that led to a number of other moments. Perhaps it was a job you decided to accept, an event you chose to attend or a suitor you turned down. We never really know the extent of the impact these choices will have on our lives when we make them. Sometimes they lead us to greatness, and other times, they leave us wondering “what if?”
We know that the “what if” game is dangerous as it is impossible to change the past. All we can do is make the most of each moment we are given, accept the decisions we have made, and let them inform the choices we make in the future (whether it means making similar choices or completely changing our course).
“If you surrender completely to the moments as they pass, you live more richly those moments.”
– Anne Morrow Lindbergh
If you are looking for ways to help Boston, consider these:
How do you make the most of each moment?
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