Do you believe that a moment can make a lifetime?
Linda Claire, from California, shared with us that she was presenting the call from Italy where she is living for 5 months, fulfilling a long-held dream. She was able to do this, she said, because she makes a 6 figure income from her business (helping people write their newsletters). What a fabulous outcome (and income) and a wonderful way to enjoy the fruits of her labours.
But it was the question that intrigued me and got me thinking: Do you believe that a moment can make a lifetime? Certainly yes. We say yes to something and it changes our life forever, as demonstrated by Janet Swift who trusted her intuition and took herself and two teenagers on a trip to swim with dolphins in Bimini, fulfilling a life-time dream of hers. The dolphins surpassed even her expectations by trusting her enough to show off their baby.
I’m not sure that I’ve yet had the moment that would ‘make’ my lifetime. There was a time when I would have believed it was the night I met my husband-to-be, who is now my husband-who-was. I still remember going to a business meeting the morning after my first date with him when the people I was meeting said jaw-droppingly “what’s happened to you? You are absolutely glowing”.
If you’re a parent you will also understand if I say it might have been the moment my son was placed in my arms. I don’t know if it was love at that point. It was certainly amazement – what a little beauty. Over the following days, I felt wretched for all the other mums on the ward – how devastated they must be to see my beautiful baby while theirs were all so ugly.
Can we by definition only get one moment which ‘makes’ a lifetime or am I taking that question too literally? There have been seemingly more mundane moments in my life which have been truly life-changing.
- The first time I saw three letters side by side and realised they made a word; gradually stringing those words together into sentences. I can’t remember if it was a big sister, a parent or a teacher. Whoever it was took the time to teach me to read, please know that you changed my life forever.
- The day the examiner stared solemnly at me over his glasses and said “congratulations, miss, you’ve passed your driving test”. Suddenly the world was my oyster, rather than my oyster card [poetic licence, you understand, as we didn’t have oyster cards 30 years ago].
Every day of our lives we make decisions which take us down a path to the next stage of our journey. Sometimes we know we are starting something big, like moving to Italy for 5 months or falling in love with a stranger. Sometimes we don’t appreciate the consequences of something that seems insignificant, like working out that C – A – T brings a furry feline to life in our imagination.
Have you had your Moment that made your Lifetime? Have you had several? I’d love to hear so do share in the comments section below.