There is a Zig Ziglar quote that goes something like “You will always get enough out of life if you give enough to other people.”
Those words resound with me, and the longer I live the truer they are.
And these are usually always SMALL MOMENTS.
A perfect example of this adage occurred today when I was visiting my daughters to attend a Confirmation ceremony.
I was sitting at the hotel computer, checking the ol’ email, when a man in his late forties sat across from me and asked me, “Are you going to the game today?”
I probably looked like a zombie because I had no idea what he was talking about until he pointed to his head, which reminded me I was wearing a ski cap with my Alma Matter’s logo on it.
“Oh, THAT game,” I said, realizing there was a big basketball tussle today with a team I love to watch.
“Nope, I’m going to my daughter’s Confirmation,” I said, and he pointed at me and said, “You’re a good man, you’ll have more fun there anyway.”
Pretty cool, he didn’t need to exaggerate, but I’ve got my priorities straight when it comes to my daughters.
A game is a game. Confirmation is once in a lifetime.
One In A Lifetime Events
How many things do we do in our life without thinking about them, without thinking about the consequences? If you were me, that would have been my thought process only a few months ago.
Then I read a biography about the Talking Heads, then I started listening to the song Once In A Lifetime by Talking Heads, and it all kinda sorta started to make sense.
Small acts of kindness and charity are remembered by others far more than by the person who acts. Remember that in your relations with others, you should always hold their interests foremost in your mind if you really want to communicate.
Attending my daughter’s Confirmation was a no-brainer for me, the basketball game not even a thought.
But for my daughter, my presence meant the world to her. I could see it in her face. I could see it in her smile when she first saw me enter the church.
Once in a lifetime.
Don’t Miss The Moment
I guess that’s what I’m really trying to say; to LIVE in the moment.
All these small things mean so much when looked back on months or even years later.
Today I have wonderful memories of my daughter’s Confirmation.
As for the game, well, we lost, but in overtime
Did YOU live in the moment today?
Don’t ever have to ask yourself “How did I get here?”
Tell me all about your own experiences and leave a comment. I’d love to hear from you!