It’s hard to avoid the reality that evil does exist in this world. Whether you turn on the news regularly or not, you are likely confronted with tragedy, wrongdoing, social injustice or other human plight in the course of your daily routine.
Unfortunately, it seems to me that many of us - including myself at times - are beginning to see the world through a tainted lens, one that’s hell-bent on filtering out beauty, goodness, hope, and love.
It’s so easy, after seeing and experiencing so much negativity day after day, to begin to only see the negative, to become jaded.
However, if we become aware of this tendency, and make a conscious effort to overcome it, we can not only begin to see the positive, but can do our part to help others to do the same.
We can start by intentionally creating moments that matter.
I recently saw a TEDx presentation by Drew Dudley that sparked my thinking and led to my writing this post. Rather than relying only on my summary of his presentation, here is a link. You won’t regret watching it, I promise.
The premise of Drew’s presentation is that, often, the moments in which we have the greatest impact on another human being, are moments that we, ourselves, do not even remember.
Most of us fail to realize the power that lies within each of us to lead, to impact and improve the lives of those we encounter. And the truth is, unless someone tells us about these moments, we are cheated out of knowing that we not only have the power to positively impact and fundamentally change the course of another person’s life for the better, but the realization that we have done exactly that.
I have been on both sides of the equation - receiving acknowledgment for how I changed someone’s life (definitely worthy of a follow-up post) and acknowledging someone who impacted my life in a profound way. Both situations were moments that mattered.
I was reminded of this again this week.
An 18-year-old Australian graphic design student, Marchelle Anne, who attended a Jason Mraz concert in late March shared on her blog her chance encounter with the 2-time Grammy winner. The singer’s official YouTube channel has since posted a recap video from the Australian leg of the tour, which contained a clip of Marchelle’s experience.
The scene: After the concert, Marchelle and her friend were standing outside the venue gates hoping to catch Mraz’s attention. It worked. Mraz came over to the gate to say, “Hello.”
When he asked for and learned the girl’s name, he immediately responded, “Marchelle… You sent me a letter!” In that moment, the life of the 18-year-old student fundamentally shifted - and for no other reason than another person (ignore the fact that the person is by all accounts a “world-famous” musician) acknowledged her with sincerity and appreciation. Sometimes that’s all the validation we need.
Moments that matter don’t have to be big. In most cases, they’re not.
So, take the time to tell those who have had an impact on your life that they have done so. There’s a good chance that they don’t know it, and an even greater chance that it will mean the world to them to hear it.
We all matter. Isn’t it time we start telling each other?