It got me thinking about those missed moments
when we think something isn’t “worth it.”
I often post sunrise photos from my beach walk with Roxie (B.D.E.). Judging from the “likes” and comments, people enjoy “sharing” the morning scenery with me.
Some days I don’t record the scene because I cannot find the right cloud texture. Other times, in my judgmental mind, I believe it isn’t worth taking a photo because it “looks like yesterday.” Well, that is never true. I know it. But if I don’t focus and appreciate, I miss it.
Recently, I received a request. “You wouldn’t happen to have one from the 20th . My grandson was born on that day.”
Well, the 20th happened to be one of those days I decided the shot “wasn’t worth it.” I had photos from before that day and one from the day after. It got me thinking about those missed moments when we think something isn’t “worth it.”
Like that smile you might decide not to give to—or receive from—a passerby. Or the hello or good morning to the person on the elevator. Or the tasteful compliment. Or the student who needs the teacher to stop by her desk before class starts just to say, “How you are doing today?”
As for the photo request, I did share the one from the day after the grandson’s birth. While not from the day of his birth, it did represent the first sunrise in his life. The first of many in his life.
Remember, while it may seem small to you, it means something to somebody.
Video Recommendation of the Week:
Small acts of kindness will lift people up. Instead of yelling, name calling, scapegoating, and pushing your way to the front of the line, perhaps a random act of kindness will make a difference in your part of the world.
For more about community building and sustainability,
look for my new book, Community as a Safe Place to Land, due out the beginning of 2019. More information to come.
Make it an inspiring and grateful week and H.T.R.B. as needed.
For information about and to order my most recent book, Stories about Teaching, Learning, and Resilience: No Need to be an Island, click here. A few colleges and one state-wide agency have adopted it for training and coaching purposes. Contact me if you and your team are interested in doing the same.
The paperback price on Amazon is now $14.99 and the Kindle version stands at $5.99. Consider it for a faculty orientation or a mentoring program. The accompanying videos would serve to stimulate community-building conversations at the beginning of a meeting.
Pearson Education publishes my student textbooks for life success—Choices for College Success (3rd edition) and Study Skills: Do I Really Need This Stuff? (3rd edition).
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