Recently, while going through a pile of papers, I came across a letter that I had written five years ago. It was brutally honest and emotionally raw. Even though I had someone waiting for me, I sat down and began to read the letter carefully and thoughtfully as if I had all of the time in the world. The letter described in detail a difficult and challenging period of my life. The most vivid memory of that time was that I had somehow drifted out to the middle of the lake and had no idea how to get back to shore so I was just drifting in uncertainty and drowning in confusion. The last part of the letter was a commitment to make some significant changes in my life so that I find my way back to shore and get on with my life.
Finding the letter was both a gift and an opportunity. The commitment became a series of decisions that allowed me to make the changes that resulted in the wonderful life that I have today. The gift of the letter was the reminder to be grateful for every person and situation each and every day and what it gives and teaches me. The opportunity was a chance to compare who and where I am now to who and where I was then and a decision to share the best of who I am and what I do with others.
The letter made me realize that life is a series of memorable moments – good and bad, happy and sad. I put the letter back in its place and made a new commitment – to create a positive and memorable moment for someone each and every day – a smile, a thank you or a compliment. If you are on shore and things are going well in your life, make a commitment to create a memorable moment for someone else today. If you are in the middle of the lake and things are not going well in you life, reach out and ask for help. Make a commitment to accept the help that you need to get back on shore. Remember that the memories of experiences that you have had in bad times become the gifts and opportunities for positive and memorable moments in good times.
Make it a Memorable Monday!